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A TEN-GENERATION SAGA, FROM FRANCE TO NEW FRANCE, OF COURAGE AND SURVIVAL, AND OF FRENCH, NATIVE AND BRITISH CULTURES
These chronicles follow the migration of the Pasquiers from Dissay, France, a real family, with locations and dates based on research in France and Canada. Lives of the explorers and habitants are presented in these stories as fiction, representative of many that sailed from France to life in North America. Following our characters as they depart from the ancient harbor of La Rochelle for the Atlantic journey in a quest for free land and opportunity.
This narrative starts in the 15th century. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War battlegrounds of England and France, kings were looking beyond their borders to expand their wealth, taking control of trade. The collection ventures to understand Québecois patriotism from its French foundation to the 21st century, with cultural changes, expectations of wars, laughter and tears from family celebrations, from births to passings. In some ways, all immigrants share the history and experiences depicted in this journal.
The author researched to understand the struggles and joys endured by the early immigration. War, birth, death and marriage are not the only milestones of these generations, but are enhanced by what we have gleaned from their experiences: adventure, vision, survival, love and faith.
“To leave one’s parents and friends, to abandon one’s acquaintances, to leave one’s sweet homeland and its traditions, to cross the seas, to defy the ocean and its storms, to sacrifice one’s life to suffering, to leave behind all present belongings, in order to throw oneself blindly forward for the sake of distant hopes, to convert the traffic of the earth into that of the heavens, to want to die in Barbary, is a language that is not spoken in the school of nature; and yet, these are the actions and language of a thousand people of merit, who deal with the affairs of New France with as much courage, if not more, as they would with the affairs of the Old France.”
—Father Paul LeJeuene, Jesuit Mission, time of Champlain.