Fifth Royal Highlanders in Parade in Quebec

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This view was taken at the "Tercentenary" (300th year) celebration of the founding of Quebec in July of 1908. You know by this that the city was founded one year after the first permanent settlement was made at Jamestown, Va. There are two important cities on the St. Lawrence River. These are Montreal and Quebec. Quebec is 145 miles northeast of Montreal. Formerly it was a more important seaport than it is to-day, because since the St. Lawrence was dredged, Montreal has taken a part of its sea trade. But it still has a heavy trade with Europe, especially with England. Its railroads tap the great grain fields northwest of the Great lakes, and carry to Quebec the products of rich mineral districts southeast of Hudson Bay. The chief export of the city is lumber. For hundreds of miles in any northerly direction from Quebec, there are heavy forests. Its manufacturing consists of cotton and leather goods, machinery, arms, musical instruments, and paper. It is the historical side of Quebec that is of most interest to the traveler. You recall that Cartier (kär´ ty´) sailed up the St. Lawrence in 1535, the first white man to enter this river. There was an Indian village at the place where Quebec now stands. It was on a great promontory, and the French were not slow to see the military possibilities of this place. Champlain founded a settlement here in 1608. In the French and Indian Wars it was a center of conflict. It was on the plains of Abraham just outside the city that the English General, Wolfe, fell, mortally wounded, in the hour of victory. The French General, Montcalm, lay dying only a short distance away. Quebec has been in the possession of Great Britain ever since. Keystone ID: 16037 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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