The development and importance of the town of Quebec, 1608-1760

by Allana Gertrude Reid

Institution: McGill University
Department: Department of History and Classical Studies
Degree: PhD
Year: 1950
Keywords: History, Canadian.; Québec (Québec)  – History.
Record ID: 1519281
Full text PDF: http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/thesisfile107548.pdf


Note: Thesis - McGill University. Typewritten ms. This thesis is not a general history, or a popular guidebook, but a critical study of Quebec during the French Regime. lt traces, in detail, the physical growth of the town from the Habitation, built by Champlain in 1608, to the metropolis of 8000 persons which the English destroyed in the bombardment of 1759. The main functions of Quebec as the capital of state and church, and the administrative and judicial centre of the colony; as the fortress and military headquarters of French North America; as the missionary, educational and medical centre; as the only port and industrial area of the St. Lawrence valley; and as the “Petit Versailles” of Canada, are each discussed and evaluated. To thls is added a consideration of the importance of Quebec to France and to the French colonial empire in the 17th. and early 18th. centuries, made possible by research in the Archives of Paris and La Rochelle.