Michel Masson

Michel Masson
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Posthumous illustration by an unknown artist, c. 1700
1st Governor of Sainte-Germaine
In office
November 13, 1656 – February 10, 1668
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byÉmeric Baillieu
1st Governor of the Lower Gonda
In office
February 10, 1668 – September 21, 1684
Preceded byHimself (as Mayor of Sainte-Germaine)
Succeeded byFernand Giraud
Head of the Lower Gonda Company
In office
March 12, 1655 – September 21, 1684
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMarcel Tremblay
Personal details
Born(1609-09-14)September 14, 1609
Monbec City, New Gaullica, Gaullica
DiedSeptember 21, 1684(1684-09-21) (aged 75)
Ville de Montefort, Gaullican Lower Gonda
Spouse(s)Isabel Moura

Michel Masson (/'masɒ̃:/, 14 September 1609 – 21 September 1684; aged 75) was a Gaullican merchant, explorer, navigator and colonial administrator. Masson is credited with settling Sainte-Germaine and was the city's first governor from 1656 to 1668, becoming Governor of the Lower Gonda in 1668 and serving until 1684. He was one of the first Euclean rulers in Bahia and began the gradual process of toppling the societal system of Hourege in favour of a Euclean-based model, and is often cited as the beginning of Toubacterie in Bahia.

Masson was born in Monbec City, part of the Saint Marcus colony in New Gaullica, to upper-middle class Gaullican parents in September 1609, spending most of his childhood there. He moved back to Gaullica to study and graduated in 1623. Embarking on a mercantile lifestyle, Masson became a minor merchant in handling trade to and from Gaullican colonies in Asteria Superior, eventually becoming influential in Cassien trade and trade to the newly-established colony of Valentir. Having risen through the mercantile ranks through the 1640s, he was appointed as the inaugural head of the Crowned Lower Gonda Company, created by the Gaullican monarchy to subsidise trade to the newly-explored Gonda delta. Masson settled the city of Sainte-Germaine in 1656 and became its first governor in the process. With the city being a large economic success, Masson paved the way for expansion eastwards and encouraged other colonial ventures into Bahia for the Gaullican crown. He created the Governorate of the Lower Gonda in 1668 after further colonial expansion.

Masson would continue to serve in the region until his death in 1684. Gaullica erected a large monument of Masson in Sainte-Germaine in 1700, however it was destroyed during the Garamburan War of Independence and never rebuilt. While Masson's economic ventures are commended for their ambition and success, his legacy has more recently begun to be questioned in his role in unleashing colonialism in Bahia, a brutal institution that would last almost 300 years.

Early life and education

As a merchant

As Head of the Lower Gonda Company

Administrative career

Governor of Sainte-Germaine

Governor of the Lower Gonda

Later years and death