Travel

Since the timid beginnings of New France, the vital means of communication between its colonies remained the waterways. The boat was the best transportation the people of the Laurentian valley could use to do business with the French settlements of Acadia and Louisiana and obtain provisions of various types of goods from their homeland. The Saint Lawrence River and its network of tributaries was a practical way to travel deep inside the territory and contributed to the exploitation of its natural resources.


Un bourgeois interroge un meunier qui fouette ses deux chevaux à tirer une pleine charrette. / A gentleman questions a miller who is whipping his two horses to make them pull a fully loaded cart.

M. Deshayes et le meunier, undated

in Les Bienfaiteurs de l'enfance et de la jeunesse, 1891
Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Library, 281.2




Un navire fend les eaux, plein voile! / A ship cleaves the waves, full sail!

Un navire en mer, undated

Lornett Bouchard
in Leçon d'histoire, undated
Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Library, 717.1.1




Au quai, des gens s'apprêtent à embarquer dans le navire accosté alors que d'autres discutent. / On the quay, people prepare to board ship while others chat.

Embarquement sur le quai, undated

Lornett Bouchard
in Leçon d'histoire, undated
Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Library, 717.1.1