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Page 85 - Pere Anselme Chiasson: Conversation and a Family Album

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1991/1/1 (257 reads)

fish--the Jersey, entrepreneurs from the Channel Islands--did that bring them to Cheticamp?) Yeah. Yeah, the Jersey. The Jersey were already here at Cheticamp. (Before the 14.) Yeah. They had the fish? ing plant on Cheticamp Island, in the sum? mer. And the (Acadian) people that came to Cheticamp were most of them in Arichat, where they knew the Jersey, and from Prince Edward Island, where they could not have the title of their land. (The land in P. E. I.) belonged to English lords who ripped them of their work by taking all they produced on their lands. So they left there and came to Cheticamp where land was free, where they could have title of their land, from the governor of Cape Breton Is? land. Because Cape Breton Island was a province at the time, a colony. And Des- Barres was the governor, living at Sydney. So the first grant in Ch6ticamp in 1790 comes from Sydney. And when you see the first 14 old settlers--they were not old, first of all. And they were not the only ones in Cheticamp. They are the only ones (named) on the grant. You see? But there were others, outside the land that the grant was giving them. But on account of the grant, you see, the tradition has al? ways said that 14 Old People came, were the founders or the settlers of Cheticamp. But that's not true, as I proved in my book. (Then we have to give credit, in a sense, to the Jersey, for bringing Acadians and for creating Cheticamp.) Probably. Yeah, yeah. That's what I see. It was certainly easier for the Acadian settlers at Cheti? camp because they had the Jersey there to buy their fish. And--well, their store-- for what the Acadians needed. It helped them a lot at the time. But, later on, they.... (Frv' Anselme makes Medical Hall EST. 1906 • COMPUTERIZED PRESCRIPTION SERVICE • FILMS • SUNTAN LOTIONS • FIRST AID SUPPLIES 66 Commercial St. • 1 Commercial St." DOMINION GLACE BAY 849-0200 ?? 849-6552 (if busy) 849-1030 PHARMASAVE Your Sign of Quality DON'T ACCEPT LESS Let our experienced staff help you with all your printing needs SPECIALISTS IN PROCESS COLOR PRINTING 180 Townsend St.. Sydney 564-8245 Fax: (902) 539-2040 539-8666 a kissing noise. You have to say that in words. Later on the Jersey did what?) It would be easier for me to say it in French. Les Jersiais ont pris controle, de plus en plus, des acadiens, des pS- cheurs.... They paid, for the fish--the price they wanted. They were selling what they had in the store--the price they wanted, in such a way that it arrived that the Acadians of Ch6ticamp were nearly slaves of the Jerseys. You see? Most of them couldn't fish and be paid for their fish enough to be able to pay for their flour--farine--flour for the winter. They had to buy that on credit, to be paid with the next fishing season. So the people were always in debt with the Jersey. In such a way that even--see, I remember my grandfather telling that. There were American schooners coming to Ch6ticamp to buy fish, willing to pay twice, three times, what the Jerseys were paying for the fish. But the Acadians of Cheticamp could not send their fish to those Ameri? cans . Because when the Americans would have been gone, they would have been at the mercy of the Jerseys afterwards. Jacques-Cartier l/lotel kitchenette units available / telephones in all rooms P. O. Box 555, Sydney, N. 8. B1P 6H4 (902) 539-4375 or 539-4378 or 539-4379 SYDNEY - GLACE BAY HIGHWAY FRANCAIS 2 Kilometres de I'Aeroport ENGLISH Go DEPART ARRIVE SYDNEY HALIFAX 8:00 A.M. 3:15 P.M. ACADIAN STRIPS DAILY BETWEEN SYDNEY & HALIFAX TRIP 72 - Daily pick ups in: NORTH SYDNEY, LITTLE BRAS D'OR, BIG HARBOUR, BADDECK. LITTLE NARROWS, WHYCOCOMAGH, PORT HASTINGS, PORT HAWKESBURY, & others (TRUR01:45 P.M. VIA RAIL connection) TRIP64L - No other Cape Breton pick ups * 12 NOON 5:30 P.M. IR1E62L - Pick ups in: NORTH SYDNEY, * 12:30 P.M. 7:10 PM. LITTLE BRAS D'OR, BADDECK, WHYCOCOMAGH, & PORT HAWKESBURY (SUNDAY to FRIDAY only) TRIP 54 - via St. Peter's - Pick ups in: SYDNEY RIVER, 2:15 P.M. 9:50 P.M. BIG POND. ST. PETER'S, GRAND ANSE, CLEVELAND, PORT HAWKESBURY, & others IR1P76 - Pick ups in: NORTH SYDNEY, BADDECK, 6:00 P.M. 12:10 A.M. WHYCOCOMAGH, PORT HAWKESBURY (SUNDAY to FRIDAY only) CALL TOLL FREE "k Schedule Subject to Change 1-454-9321 for further information PARCEL EXPRESS • Same day service to most Maritime points • Collect shipments now accepted • Excess insurance available to $500.00 • "Priority Pak" our new 12"x16" waterproof envetope with a flat rate throughout the Maritimes for $4.50 • sold 10 for $45.00 GRAYLINE SIGHTSEEING TOURS June 1 - October 15 See Historic Halifax / Peggy's Cove We depart from most hotels for these tours. ACADIAN LINES LIIMITED 6040 Almon Street, Halifax, N. S. B3K 5I11
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