In late June of 1604, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons sailed into the
Passamaquoddy Bay as far as the Passamaquoddy village of Quonasquamcook, present
day St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. When the people of the Passamaquoddy
Nation first noticed the billowing sails of Dugua's ship, they were reminded of
the stories of the giant bird with white wings that according to legend said,
caused the great storms and gales by flapping its wings. However, upon further
examination, they could see human beings walking on the deck of Dugua's ship.
Chief Esauqueet immediately prepared for war. He selected three canoes and with
the bravest of his warriors, paddled out toward the ship. The captain of the
ship invited them aboard by motions of his hands. They went and were used well.
This would be the first time alcohol was given to the Passamaquoddy. The
captain made a toast to the health of the King of France and as Dugua and Chief
Esauqueet raised their glasses, a big cannon on the ship fired three times. The
Passamaquoddy people who were watching from the shore jumped into their canoes
and made ready for war. When the crew of the ship saw what was happening, they
notified Chief Esauqueet and the Chief knew at once what they meant. He stood on
the rail of the ship and called out "Mena gotch kole ya gap" meaning "Be easy,
we are alright". Relations were good so Pierre Dugua ordered ashore three
boatloads of tools, axes, knives, cooking utensils and vegetable seeds. Pierre
Dugua had with him a Roman Catholic missionary and at that time, Chief Esauqueet
and many of his people were introduced to Christianity. The word "Esauqueet"
means, "His power penetrates the big trees". At that time, the title of Chief
was held for life and was handed down through the family. The Esauqueet family
held the title for many years. When Esauqueet died the title of Chief went to
one of that family, Agoumett. Later, Agoumett was cruelly murdered after being
decoyed into the Fort at Pemaquid, Maine. The next Chief still from the same
family was Bah Gidwett whose Christian name was Jean Baptiste Neptune. His
successors were Francis Joseph Neptune, John Francis Neptune, Lewy Francis
Neptune, Solomon Francis Neptune, Newell Francis Neptune, Sabattus Joseph
Neptune and William Neptune.