Page 47 - Bishop Plessis Visits Cape Breton, 1815
ISSUE : Issue 55
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1990/8/1
which leads to the Magre (Margaree) River. However, before reach? ing it, there is on the mountain itself, its top being quite large, another lake some twelve leagues long, which is the source of the Magre River. (He is probably referring to Lake Ainslie.) Father Lejamtel talks about this part of Cape Breton as a man who twice journeyed to Ma- gr?? through this route when he was responsible for this mission. Nevertheless, no map of the island mention Magre Lake nor anything of Labadec River, except its source. The Surveyor General of the Province (Colonel Crawley), although he has published the best map of the island that is available, says no more on the matter than geog? raphers. The explanation is simple: neither he nor anybody who might be expected to give a precise description have had the cou? rage to travel through it as they should. Only a zealous and indomita? ble missionnary would dare to travel these unknown routes, and only Indians who are thoroughly familiar with these woods will bring him there successfully. Scots highlanders, almost as intreprid as our Indians, have neverthe? less begun settlements on Magre Lake, however it is likely that they reached the spot from the Magre River itself rather than through the Labadec. Settlers from this nation are coming from everywhere to take up land on both sides of the great Labrador Lake, where there are at least 100 families at this time, all Catholic. This ends Part One of Bishop Plessis' 1815 visit to Cape Breton. Part Two will be in Issue 56. Our thanks once again to Robert Pichette for this translation of another important document Into English. See his translation of Gobineau's portrait of the Sydneys and Cape Breton's peoples In Issues 53 and 54. Mr. Pichette is the author of Pour i'honneur de mon prince... (For the Honour of my Prince...), 50 vignettes of Acadian history in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island original? ly aired on CBC (Radio-Canada). This book has recently been awarded "Le Prix France-Acadie 1990" in the Human Sciences Division. It is published by Michel Henry (P. O. Box 1273, Monc- Mgr. Joseph-Octave Plessis. An engraving by A.-B. Dusand, after a painting by the American, James. Property of the Ursulines (Quebec). ton, N. B. E1C 8P9) • 188 pages, $18.95. Drawing of the barracks at Sydney is by Lewis Parker, from Old Sydney Town: Historic Buildings of the North End 1785-1938. Best Western Clajt>more Mn and Conference Centre ANTIGONISH, N. S. (902)863-1050 Indoor & Outdoor Pools / Sauna / Hot Tub / Licensed Dining Room & Lounge Golf & Tennis Courts: 5 Minutes * Adiacent to Antiaonish Shonninn wiaii WE HAVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PROPERTY - AND YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT IT IS! We have over 20 pieces of information on every number you see on this map, and we have a number on every property in Cape Breton, Richmond, Victoria, and Inverness Counties. That means we have a number on every property in Cape Breton Island. From BADDECK ~ A SERVICE WORTH INVESTIGATING ~ Land Registration and Information Service Property Mapping and Records Division 66 Wentworth Street, Sydney, N. S. BIP 6T4 CONTROL SYSTEM of concrete monuments for surveying BASE MAPS: Orthophoto for rural areas, Line Maps for cities, town, villages PROPERTY MAPS with boundary information and ownership information REGISTRY ASSISTANCE for government and private users Your Property Is Our Business • Ask Us About It TELEPHONE (902) 563-2280 or 563-2281 An Agency of the Council of Maritime Premiers
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