Letter written from Cayenne in the XVIIth century: interesting testimony of a young volunteer who embarked in Brest in October 1676 in the fleet of vice-admiral d'Estrées.
The knight Parizot writes to his brother and informs him of the victory in Cayenne and of the sending of a galliot that we took from the Dutch [...] to bring the news of our happy success. He asks him to see if the report of the capture of Cayenne that M. the vice-admiral sent to M. de Seignelay, Colbert's son, arrives in Paris.
Details on the crossing to Cayenne, the extreme heat, the danger of the corsairs, the heavy and hot Bordeaux wine drunk on board, life aboard the ship, etc.: the count of Estrées de la Loire, the captain of the ship, and the captain of the ship. I also do everything I can to please him and I can promise that he will be pleased with me. I eat at his table as you know [...].