1919 – 1936 – La CIBC aux îles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Au hasard des ses connaissances, on découvre parfois des sources peu connues sur l’histoire de notre archipel. Pour avoir dit en passant à une amie fraîchement arrivée aux archives de la Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, qu’il s’agissait-là d’une banque qui avait eu un temps pignon sur rue à Saint-Pierre, j’ai eu droit quelques jours plus tard à la livraison d’un dossier exceptionnel !

Je vous rassure tout de suite, chers lecteurs, il ne s’agit pas des relevés de comptes tenus par les clients de 1920, mais des parcelles d’histoire bien plus intéressantes ! Fondée en 1867, date de la …

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Il y a 68 ans : ralliement à la France Libre

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1914 : French Possessions Near Canada are Deserted by Fishing Boats.

12 august 1914 : Toronto Star
MIQUELON IS IN TROUBLE
French Possessions Near Canada are Deserted by Fishing Boats.

Canadian Press Despatch.
St. Pierre, Miq. (off Nova Scotia), Aug. 7 (delayed in transmission). – The outbreak of the European war has caused the withdrawal from this Island of nearly the entire French fishing fleet, and many steam trawlers have returned to Havre and Brest. Business has badly crippled as the bank has refused to cash drafts and checks on France.
Upon receipt of official advices that hostilities had begun, the Colonial Government sent two steam trawlers to the fishing fleet …

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1908 : CANADA AND THE MIQUELON ISLANDS.

20 novembre 1908.
CANADA AND THE MIQUELON ISLANDS.

Two disturbances on the Miquelon Islands which culminated in the hoisting of the American flag by some of the angry inhabitants, have a very direct interest for the people of Canada. These islands are geographically a part of Newfoundland, and, lying as they do just off the mouth of Fortune Bay, could be made to command Canada’s eastern doorway via the St. Lawrence. If they are to pass out of the control of France, Canada or Newfoundland, which will eventually become a part of the Dominion, ought to succeed to the control …

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1907 : FRANCE TO PART WITH ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON

4 janvier 1907 : Toronto Star
FRANCE TO PART WITH ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON
Chance for Canada or Newfoundland to Obtain Islands – Recent Exodus of Inhabitants.
Canadian Associated Press.

London, Jan, 4. – The London Globe says : « It seems there are rumors in various quarters that France will likely give up St. Pierre and Miquelon »
Recent despatches have indicated there was great depression and absence of profitable labor on the islands, and an exodus of the population which totalled over 6,000. These islands have been the source of a good deal of annoyance to Britain in …

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1903 : To Allow United States to Buy St. Pierre and Miquelon Would Sign Death Sentence.

18 décembre 1903 – Toronto Star
WOULD MEAN DEATH FOR THIS COUNTRY
To Allow United States to Buy St. Pierre and Miquelon Would Sign Death Sentence.
Canadian Associated Press.

London, Dec 18. – Professor Lorin of the University of Bordeaux says that to allow the United States to buy St. Pierre and Miquelon Islands would be to sign the death sentence of Canada. Newfoundland has already thrown in her lot with the Republic. A closer rapprochement between Newfoundland and Canada was not possible until the former had settled the French shore question. An honorable compromised was being delayed by Newfoundland …

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1896 : Territorial ownership of St. Pierre and Miquelon

20 février 1896 – Toronto Star
NEWFOUNDLAND

Whenever the proposal to add Newfoundland to the Dominion comes up there comes up with it the inevitable « French shore » question. No man of sense, who has ever given any attention to this long vexed question will concede the possibility of admitting the islands on any terms until it is settled as a preliminary. In any dispute between Canadian settlers and French fishermen, the sympathy of our own French population would probably be with the French fishermen, and administrative control over the whole shore would be paralyzed. As the fishermen are …

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