By Brian Stewart
Pierre-Etienne Fortin led a lifestyles and plied a occupation on the middle of Canada's early historical past. He was once an adventurer, an novice scientist, an early (if ambiguous) conservationist and a Conservative baby-kisser from 1867 to 1888. He used to be a physician on Grosse-Ile amid the horrors of the 1847 typhus epidemic, led a fastened police troop in the course of the notorious Montreal riots of 1849 and, as commander of the armed schooner l. a. Canadienne, policed the Gulf of St. Lawrence from 1852 to 1867, while millions of recent Englanders and Nova Scotians swarmed over the fishing grounds. His authentic lifestyles as Justice of the Peace and mid-level bureaucrat frequently exemplified tensions of early nationhood: these among elites and colonists; and people coming up from the nationalistic impulse to impose legislation and order at the wasteland. The pursuits, concerns and sympathies at paintings on Fortin within the founding interval stay compelling this day: task construction as opposed to environmental safeguard, unfastened alternate with the united states, the exploitation of Canadian fisheries, family with aboriginal peoples, and the political prestige of Quebec inside confederation.
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By the time of his death in 1635, Champlain had begun the territorial expansion of New France by arranging for a fortified settlement at Trois-Rivieres. When the Crevier family arrived, New France had about 300 settlers, with possibly seventy heads of families. " The colony was subject to disease and often crop failure as well as Iroquois attack. Still, Christophe stayed in his new home, and between 1639 and 1651 the Creviers had at least seven more children. The youngest son, Jean-Baptiste, a fur trader at Batiscan, would later adopt an additional surname, Duvernay.
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7 Jean, a son of Christophe, established himself at Saint-Fran^ois-du-Lac and became a famous trader. He made his home a rendezvous for the coureurs de bois. These were not very gentle men. Court records show that in 1669 a musket ball killed a young woman during a quarrel at Crevier s home, and that her father had been badly beaten. 8 Jean also objected to the law that banned trading liquor with the native peoples. He voted with other businessmen to support Governor Frontenac against the church in a plan to legalize the liquor trade.
A Life on the Line: Commander Pierre-Etienne Fortin and His Times by Brian Stewart