Paul Comeau: Witness to change II

Les Patriotes Second of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) It had been about 60 years of British rule after the conquest of Québec, and there began to be rumblings of political discontent. In both Upper and Lower Canada, electoral corruption, the ideals of republicanism vs. colonial rule…

Les Comeau de St-Ours

Tous les Comeau de la région de St-Ours doivent leur patronyme à un seul ancêtre, Joseph Comeau, fils d’Alexandre et Marie-Josephte Blanchard. Arrivés seuls dans cette région après la dispersion et souvent oubliée, la famille de Joseph était éloignée de la parenté établie dans les environs de Yamachiche mais s’en sont bien tirés quand même.…

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The Huguenots in New France & Acadia

It’s a little-known fact that the Huguenots were also present in the French colonies. The first attempt at colonizing Acadia was in 1603 by de Pontgrave and Sr. des Monts, both Huguenots. Later joined by Champlain, their attempt failed due to poor organization. They tried again around 1605, bringing about 20 men, soldiers and artisans,…