By Jacques Lacoursière, Robin Philpot
This vigorous advisor to Quebec background tells the attention-grabbing 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 so much of North the United States, and embrothered the peoples they met.
Combining sizeable study and nice tale telling, Jacques Lacoursière and Robin Philpot attach lifestyle to the occasions that emerged as historic turning issues within the lifetime of a humans. They hence laying off new mild on Quebec’s 450-year history—and the ancient forces that lie at the back of its contemporary efforts to realize independence.
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Marie scheme never actually came to fruition. Rising public concerns over the numbers of Highlanders who were expected to emigrate caused the government to withdraw its support, and ultimately Selkirk had to make the best of a much smaller land holding at Baldoon. The Baldoon site appealed to Lord Selkirk because of its proximity to the American border. He shared Father Macdonell's concerns over the large numbers of Americans who were taking up residence in Upper Canada. "96 He recognized that in order to entice emigrant Scots to such remote locations, he had to offer an attractive relocation package which included interest free loans and cheap land.
Irrespective of any fare rises, the long distance to Upper Canada made it a prohibitively expensive destination for most ex-soldiers. Being of modest means, Father Macdonell had insufficient resources for recruiting them as settlers. 92 Since they shared similar views on emigration, it was inevitable that both men would meet. Selkirk could see that Father Macdonell wanted to assist Highlanders to emigrate, and offered him the sum of £2000 to come to Sault Ste. Marie (formerly Falls of St. Mary) to help manage his planned colonization venture.
This would provide an alternative route between Upper and Lower Canada in the event of the Americans seizing control of the St. Lawrence. The intention was to form "a good population between the two rivers [St. Lawrence and Ottawa] with a view to establishing a communication with Upper Canada distinct from that of the River St. "8 It was a two-fold plan. New settlements were to be created and, as an extra defensive measure, an internal waterway would be built, linking Kingston with Bytown (later renamed Ottawa).