Maskinongé, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph) - 1832 - MASKINONGE.
seigniory, in the co. of St. Maurice, is bounded N.E. by the S. of Riviere du Loup; S.W. by Berthier; in the rear by Dusable and Craufel; in front by Lake St. Peter. It contains two separate grants: that of the N.E. part, 1 1/ 2 league in front by the same depth, was made Nov. 1672, to Peter and John Baptiste Legardeur, Sieurs de St. Michel; and the S.W. part, a league in front by a league in depth, on the same day to Sieur John Baptiste Legardeur. The soil is rich, and in some places would be excellent for hemp and flax. The land in general is rather flat, and towards the front is so low as to be sometimes overflowed in the spring; but this only serves to enrich the fine meadows and good pasture-grounds that border the river. The timber has been very much thinned. This S. is very well watered by some small streams and the large river Maskinonge, which winds through the centre and is navigable for boats and canoes for several miles up. - About two-thirds are in cultivation. The best settlements are on the borders of Chenail du Nord, on both sides of the road leading to Quebec, and on the east bank of the Maskinonge, over which there is a bridge. There is no village in the seigniory, but it has a church and parsonage-house, one corn-mill and one saw-mill. At the entrance of the Maskinonge there are two or three large islands, forming different channels into it; they are all flat and low, but covered with various sorts of inferior wood. Timber from Carufel, &c. and the townships in the rear, is brought down the Maskinonge into the St. Lawrence. The fief Petit Bruno lies at the S.W. angle of this C.; it is nearly square, and fronts the North Channel, which separates it from Isle Dupas...
A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832
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