1886 – French Colonies and their resources

FRENCH COLONIES.
AND THEIR RESOURCES.
JAMES BON WICK, F.R.G.S., 1886

FRENCH AMERICA.

Once possessed of Canada and neighbouring States, exercising uncontrolled powers over the whole region watered by the Mississippi and its affluents, settling several islands .of the West Indies, and having important stations on the Brazilian and other coasts of South America, France now only holds in America the small islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, near Newfoundland, with Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Antilles, and with Cayenne or Guyana in South America.

The French indulge the hope of considerable growth in their political influence on the American continent …

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1846 – Report on the French fisheries established at St. Pierre

Report on the French fisheries established at St. Pierre, in Newfoundland, prepared by direction of the honorable the collector of her Majesty’s customs, 1846.

It will be seen by the following statement that notwithstanding the premiums and bounties granted by the French government have been diminished, their fishery has increased.…

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1904 : English Paper Says We Should Have Got St. Pierre and Miquelon.

11 avril 1904 : Toronto Star
STILL A MENACE TO CANADA’S SHORE

English Paper Says We Should Have Got St. Pierre and Miquelon.
IMPETUS TO FRENCH FISHING
Lots of Bait for Fishermen Now – The Newfoundland Treaty Discussed.

Canadian Associated Press.
London, April 11. – The Paris correspondant of the Sunday Times says the view taken in the French  capital is that the treaty allows the inhabitants of Newfoundland to play in their own yard, but the French remain in possession all the same, and will be provided with plenty of bait to give a fresh impetus to a declining …

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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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