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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)
1832 - The Village of Charlesbourg



is pleasantly and conspicuously situated on a rising ground of considerable eminence about 4 files N. of Quebec, and consists of about 70 houses, well built and mostly of a respectable appearance, to each of which a good garden and small orchard are attached. This village is one of the oldest and most interesting settlements in Canada. It has two churches, one lately built, the other, though smaller and less commodious, is far more interesting, having become the centre of the surrounding farms, whence they all radiate. - The reason of this singular character in the surrounding allotments arose from the absolute necessity to create a neighbourhood, for which purpose each farm was permitted to occupy only a space of three acres in front by thirty in depth. This contiguous and continuous neighbourhood had its peculiar advantages. Population was scanty and labour difficult to be procured; by this arrangement the facility to keep up a road in front of each farm (which it was the duty of every proprietor to preserve) was rendered more easy. - The other advantage and not the least which this singular position afforded, was the proximity to the church, which became the signal of alarm whenever hostile attempts were made by the Indians, and was the centre of defence around which the inhabitants all rallied whenever the bell sounded the alarm to defend their possessions. Here the elections of the members of parliament for the county are always held.

A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832

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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)