Grosse Île: A Record of Daily Events
|Grosse Île: A Record of Daily Events gives an account
of the sad events that took place in 1847, a year in which nearly 100 000
emigrants, mostly Irish, disembarked at Grosse Île or the Port of Quebec.
Written as a diary, the book gives a detailed description of the administrative
measures taken by the authorities to deal with the influx of such a large
number of emigrants in deplorable conditions of disease and misery. It records
the arrivals and departures of ships and gives a weekly account of the sick and
the dead. The reader will also get an idea of the reactions expressed by the
newspapers at the time and read first hand accounts by the emigrants
themselves, priests, doctors, sailors and other contemporaries.
Written by Andre Charbonneau and Andre Sevigny for Parks Canada. Published by Canadian Government Publishing, 1997.
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