By Jacques Lacoursière, Robin Philpot
This energetic consultant to Quebec historical past tells the interesting tale of the payment of the St. Lawrence River Valley over approximately 500 years. however it additionally tells of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and investors who travelled, mapped, and inhabited such a lot of North the United States, and embrothered the peoples they met.
Combining sizeable learn and nice tale telling, Jacques Lacoursière and Robin Philpot attach lifestyle to the occasions that emerged as old turning issues within the lifetime of a humans. They hence laying off new mild on Quebec’s 450-year history—and the historic forces that lie in the back of its fresh efforts to achieve independence.
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Many of the earlier soldiers took their discharge in Canada and settled in and around Quebec. Most prospered and were later joined by relatives and others from the old country. Among these was John Neilson who, like a number of others over the years, married a French Canadian. He became the publisher of the bilingual Quebec Gazette and, as such, was one of the chief spokesmen for the small group linking the two peoples. Neilson was a member of the Reform party and, although a Protestant, managed to represent a largely French constituency in the House of Assembly of Lower Canada from 1818 to 1834.
Among the harshest observers is Anna Jameson, whose unhappy marriage brought her to live in Toronto. Although not above complaining herself, she was struck by the number of "repining and discontented women" she saw in Canada. " Those who had been brought up in Canada were quite different, however, and "many of them had adopted a sort of pride in their new country ... " Of all the influences that set apart those born in Canada from their cousins brought up in the old country, probably none is more striking than the "levelling influence" so often commented upon by British visitors.
They have also given their time to many charities and organizations ranging from friendly societies 30 TWO PEOPLES, ONE COUNTRY to literary and historical organizations. The content of the papers presented by the officers to the latter organizations shows that many of them have been caught up in the "improving spirit" that is now sweeping the British Isles and the United States. Some officers have chosen on retirement to settle in Canada on half-pay. " Usually they are in a better position to take risks and experiment with new techniques in agriculture, as well as to provide leadership to the wider community, than are most of their neighbours, who generally exist on the edge of subsistence during their early years in Canada.
A People's History of Quebec by Jacques Lacoursière, Robin Philpot