French Canadian Life and Character; With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Scenery and Life in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, and Surrounding Country

French Canadian Life and Character; With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Scenery and Life in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, and Surrounding Country

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...Champlain, in 1608, cleared up this question by finding near Quebec the remains of Cartier's winter encampment, and three or four cannon-balls. When, despite the Convention of Susa, Admiral Kirkt pounced on Quebec, it set Champlain thinking that if ever he got Canada back, the country would have more than one bastion for its defence. Restoration having been made by the Treaty of St. Germain, the Governor set to work, in 1633, and fortified the little island that commands the gateway of Pointe Platon, --calling island and fort "Richelieu," in honour of the great Cardinal who had just chartered the "New Company of One Hundred Associates." More than two centuries ago, Champlain's Fort Richelieu had already mouldered into oblivion, but river pilots still call the swirling water here the Richelieu Rapid. In early days the island produced such a profusion of grapes, that Cartier's description of Orleans Island was misapplied to Isle Richelieu, thus completing the confusion in the discoverer's narrative. And this brings us back to 1535. After passing the rocky gateway of Pointe Platon the St. Lawrence widened, and then the country seemed to our Jason and his Argonauts a very land of enchantment. No wonder. The genial September sun, the cloudless skies, the blue waters of the mighty river here gently drawing the shores miles apart; and then the towering forests on either bank with their long vistas of verdure and romantic gloom, --the St. Malo seaman might well declare it "as fair a land as heart could desire!" Cartier and his brother-in-law, Mark Jalobert, were practised pilots. With their yawls and sounding-lines they would speedily find that the channel lay half a league off the south bank. At times they were near enough to...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633636
  • 9781236633637