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Saber and Scroll

Abstract

There are far fewer studies on French-Canadian immigration to the United States than on that of other immigrant populations. Yet a significant influx of French-speakers from Quebec in the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries provided Canada’s southern neighbour with a people already closely tied to the nation—a people who brought their own language and culture to America and provided a substantial boost to Roman Catholicism in the United States. This influx of Canadians to the United States brought a people who had been closely tied to the origin and development of America, and who for over one hundred and fifty years prior to America’s independence from Great Britain, had been considered an archenemy of the English colonists. This paper considers the variety of ways in which the founding of Canada related to that of the United States, and illustrates the establishment and settlement of New France by means of both famed French explorers and settlers and examples from Marie Iantha Paradis’s ancestors.

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