Caring for a Colony. The Story of Jeanne Mance by Joanna Emery

By Joanna Emery

This is a narrative of pioneering braveness and compassion within the New international. Jeanne dreamed of devoting her existence to taking care of others. In 1641, she courageously gave up her cozy middle-class lifestyles in France to trip to the French colonies, present day province of Quebec. In overcoming magnificent hardships, massacres, affliction, deprivation and 7 gruelling journeys around the ocean, Jeanne proved to be a amazing chief. She ended up founding the 1st health facility in Montreal in addition to being a pioneer and founding father of the town of Montreal.

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He died a freeman in 1654. A Birthday Bash At Jeanne’s signal, the cannonballs thundered into the sunrise. A loud crack of fired muskets followed, along with the cheers of Maisonneuve’s men. It was January 25, 1642, and Maisonneuve would shortly turn thirty years old. The surprise celebration had been Jeanne’s idea. The cannon blasts, however, woke up the Governor of Quebec, Charles Huault de Montmagny. He was very angry. He soon learned of Jeanne Mance’s involvement but arrested one of Maisonneuve’s men, Jean Gory, and threw him in jail for three days.

Maisonneuve and his recruits had still not arrived, and she wondered what had happened. Finally, his ship came into sight but stopped short of the port. Passengers disembarked into rowboats and brought the sorry news: illnesses on board had claimed many lives, the ship was riddled with disease and had struck a reef. Maisonneuve was safe, but all agreed that the entire ship had to be torched. Despite the dismal start, the one hundred and five recruits immediately set out to keep Iroquois raiders under control.

Struggles between Protestants and Catholics resulted in political conflicts and civil wars, the Wars of Religion, that raged throughout most of Europe for almost two hundred years. A Twist of Fate Jeanne headed to the port town of La Rochelle, almost five hundred kilometres from Paris. As usual, she first attended Mass. Right outside the church, by strange coincidence, she met up with La Dauversière! They talked and he introduced her to the twenty-nine-year-old leader of the expedition to Ville-Marie, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve.

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