Je me souviens

Canadian Geographic|March/April 2020

Je me souviens
A French-language legacy 150 years in the making by Heather Greenwood Davis

WHEN EUGÈNE-ÉTIENNE TACHÉ created the first official French language map of Quebec 150 years ago for the June 1870 Rapport du Commissaire des Terres de la Couronne de la Province de Québec, the French-speaking province was still trying to find its place in a new and primarily English-speaking Dominion.

As the assistant commissioner (deputy minister) of Crown lands for the province of Quebec, Taché created this map just three years after Confederation, when Quebec’s boundaries had already been in flux for more than a century, since most of what was left of New France was ceded to Great Britain at the end of the Seven Years’ War in 1763.

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March/April 2020