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Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf)
1832 - PORTNEUF,
barony, in the co. of Portneuf, is bounded N.E. by the S. of Jacques Cartier; S.W. by Deschambault; in the rear by Perthuis; in front by the St. Lawrence. - 1 1/ 2 league in breadth by 3 in depth. Granted, April 16, 1647, to Sieur de Croisille; it now belongs to the convent of the Hotel-Dieu at Quebec, but is let on a long lease to Messrs. Colman and Co. - This is a fine and valuable estate, the land fertile, and the part under tillage in a good state of cultivation: the soil is a light sandy earth mixed with clay, and in many places a good black mould upon a bed of clay. - The timber in the rear is a mixture of the middling sorts, but along the banks of the River Portneuf some very good pine may be collected. This river and several small streams water the property. At a small distance up the R. Portneuf, on the W. side, are the valuable corn and saw mills of Edward Hale, Esq., most conveniently and agreeably seated near the main road, whence the ground rises almost in the form of an amphitheatre; on the gentle acclivities are several fine settlements and many good houses, which greatly enliven a prospect naturally beautiful. From the mills the exportation of flour is very great, and, with the almost constant shipments of timber, create a bustling scene of business. So much trade in these articles is here carried on by the proprietors, that almost a small fleet of vessels is sometimes seen lying at anchor off the mouth of the R. receiving their freights on board, besides those that usually anchor here in their passage up or down the river, on account of the Richelieu rapid...
A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832
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