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By Brian Stewart

ISBN-10: 0886293154

ISBN-13: 9780886293154

Pierre-Etienne Fortin led a existence and plied a occupation on the center of Canada's early historical past. He was once an adventurer, an beginner 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 through the notorious Montreal riots of 1849 and, as commander of the armed schooner los angeles 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 reliable existence as Justice of the Peace and mid-level bureaucrat usually exemplified tensions of early nationhood: these among elites and colonists; and people coming up from the nationalistic impulse to impose legislations and order at the barren region. The pursuits, matters and sympathies at paintings on Fortin within the founding interval stay compelling this day: activity production as opposed to environmental safeguard, loose exchange with the united states, the exploitation of Canadian fisheries, kinfolk with aboriginal peoples, and the political prestige of Quebec inside of confederation.

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In May 1653 Iroquois killed Christophe s fourteen-year-old son, Franciscus (perhaps Francois), near Trois-Rivieres. 2 A French captive of the "Agnieronnon [Mohawk] Iroquois," described the torture of himself and his fellow captives. " Christophe Crevier fought back. The 1657 Jesuit Relations reports that he had escorted some Iroquois from Trois-Rivieres to Quebec. Obviously they had been captured through trickery: At nine o'clock in the evening, sieur la Meslee [Christophe] brought five Agnieronons from Trois-Rivieres to M.

The matriculation register for 2 December 1843 describes Fortin as a medical student. F. " Next years entry (27 November 1844) spells the name, probably correctly, as "Dr. " Curiously, both entries give Fortins first name as Petrus. This Latin form of Pierre was not commonly used—a Peter Dease appears on the same page. Possibly Fortin wanted it stated that way; perhaps he felt the Latin form more suitable for his destiny as a doc- 23 24 A L I F E ON THE L I N E tor. The 1845 McGill graduate directory says that Pierre Fortin graduated with an MDCM (doctorate of medicine and surgery).

Soon he would set out on his greatest adventure. And not the least of it would be more skirmishes in the war of the candle snuffers. 43 44 A LIFE ON THE LINE NOTES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Montreal Gazette, 3 March 1847. Gazette, 19 April 1847. Lower Canada, Acts, 2 Wm. 16 (1832). , 28 May 1847. O'Gallagher, Marianna. Grosse lie: Gateway to Canada, 1832-1937. Sainte-Foy, Quebec: Carraig Books, 1984: 50. De Vere, Stephen.

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