Toronto. Macmillan Company for Dept of Ecomonics and Political Science, McGill University. . 8vo, 22.3cm, 173p., many plate illustrations, 2 rear folding maps, charts, index, series printed red stiff wrappers, author's signed presentation copy on the cover, about fine, rare. (Cdn). Item #40626
"From time immemorial the River St. Lawrence has been the natural gateway of North America. Nearly four hundred years ago, Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence until he reached Hochelaga, one thousand miles from the sea. A century passed, and the then deserted Hochelaga, lying at the foot of the Royal Mountain, became Maisonneuve's Montreal. Montreal owed its conception and birth to religious zeal. However perilous an outpost to the attacks of the Indians, it was admirably situatad as a mission at the Junation of two great rivers, the St. Lawrenoe and the Ottawa, the key to a vast network of inland waterways. "Villa Marie de Montreal" was founded by Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, on May 17, 1642. Thirty-one years before, Champlain had chosen the site as one fit for settlement. ..."-- Author's abstract.