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By Jacques Lacoursière, Robin Philpot

This vigorous consultant to Quebec heritage tells the attention-grabbing tale of the cost 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 US, and embrothered the peoples they met.

Combining colossal learn 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 gentle on Quebec’s 450-year history—and the historic forces that lie in the back of its contemporary efforts to achieve independence.

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He had visited the governor of Michigan to lay before him all the evidence he had gathered. Governor Porter ordered Crofts to be imprisoned until a formal application for transfer came from the Upper Canadian government. Eliot strongly believed in reciprocity of treatment across the border and he was immensely relieved to hear that one outcome of the legal imbroglio over fugitive criminals was a new Upper Canadian law, the first one to be passed, outlining the conditions for the return of fugitives to the United States.

American treasury officials, perhaps even more than the British, tried their utmost to put a stop to smuggling across the border, but from 33 both sides the officials could only intercept a trickle of the huge stream of smuggled goods regularly crossing the line. […] Cross border trade, both legal and illegal, steadily increased in the first half of the nineteenth century. The locals, especially those living next to the frontier, refused to equate smuggling with crime, especially since it usually proved so lucrative (Stuart 1988, 106–16).

Governor Porter ordered Crofts to be imprisoned until a formal application for transfer came from the Upper Canadian government. Eliot strongly believed in reciprocity of treatment across the border and he was immensely relieved to hear that one outcome of the legal imbroglio over fugitive criminals was a new Upper Canadian law, the first one to be passed, outlining the conditions for the return of fugitives to the United States. This would help to reassure the American authorities that the return of criminals would be reciprocated.

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