Old Quebec: The Fortress of New France
Old Quebec: The Fortress of New France - Gilbert Parker and Claude G. Bryan. This history begins with the early voyages of such adventurers as Cartier, Roberval and Samuel de Champlain, as well as later explorers such as La Salle. This work also covers such topics as social and political progress, the trading companies, and Quebec in the 1800s. “In spite of cruel neglect due to internal troubles and that European strife in which the mother-land was engaged for so many generations, the eyes of Frenchmen turned to their over-sea dominions with imaginative hope, with conviction that the great continent of promise would renew in France the glories that were Greece and the grandeur that was Rome. How hard the patriotic colonists strove to retain those territories which Champlain, La Salle, Maisonneuve, Joliet, and so many others won through nameless toil and martyrdom, and how at last the broad lands passed to another race and another flag, not by fault or folly or lack of courage of the people, but by the criminal corruption of the ruling few, is the narrative which runs through these pages.” Chapters include: Early Voyages; The Era of Champlain; The Heroic Age of New France; “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” (the motto adopted by Ignatius Loyola for his Jesuit order); Royal Government; The Noblesse and the People; Frontenac and La Salle; Fire, Massacre, and Siege; The Close of the Century; Border Warfare; The Beginning of the End; Life under the Ancien Régime; During the Seven Years’ War; “Here died Wolfe Victorious;” Murray and De Lévis; The First Years of British Rule; The Fifth Siege; Social and Political Progress; The Story of the Great Trading Companies; The New Century; and, The Modern Period. Appendices list governors of Canada, 1540–1898; leaders and premiers after the union of 1841; 1841–1896; and ministers after the confederation of 1867, 1867–1900. Lavishly illustrated with several maps and a wealth of portraits and other illustrations. (1903), 2015, 5½x8½, paper, 574 pp.