Montreal: Printed by John C. Becket, . Broadside, 22 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches. Printed in six columns. Small tears and creasing at all margins, affecting a few words of text; significant loss at upper corners, not affecting text. Fair. Item #WRCAM39134
A Canadian broadside advertising lands available in the Eastern Townships, printed at the beginning of the region's transformation into a French-speaking area. In the early 1800s the Eastern Townships were an almost exclusively Anglophone region of Quebec. The American Revolution precipitated the flight of over 40,000 Loyalists to Canada in the 1780s, including a small handful to the largely unsettled region of Quebec between the St. Lawrence River and the U.S. border, known as the Eastern Townships. The Loyalists cleared much of the rich land for farming, which attracted a large number of immigrants from New England in the first decades of the 19th century. In the 1840s a rapid shift occurred in the region as French- speaking Quebecois from poorer areas began pouring in and the English speakers began emigrating to the U.S. and other parts of Canada. Francophones became a majority in the 1870s and today constitute over 85% of the population.
The present broadside, printed in English, lists hundreds of lots for sale by the British American Land Company and includes over a column's worth of detailed descriptions of lands open for purchase. The following towns and areas are represented: Ascot, Auckland, Brompton, Compton, Clifton, Clinton, Ditton, Dudswell, Eaton, Hereford, Melbourne, Newport, Orford, Shipton, Stoke, Weedon, Westbury, and Windsor, in the County of Sherbrooke; Barford, Barnston, Bolton, Hatley, Potton, and Stanstead, in the County of Stanstead; Brome, Ely, Farnham, Granby, Milton, Roxton, Shefford, and Stukeley, in the County of Shefford; Acton, Aston, Chester, Durhan, Grantham, Ham, Kingsley, Simpson, Tingwock, Warwick, Wendover, and Wickham, in the County of Drummond; Sutton, in the County of Missisquoi; Hemmingford, in the County of Beauharnois; and improved farms in the district of St. Francis Territory, Port St. Francis, and the town of Sherbrooke. Not listed on OCLC and apparently unrecorded. Very rare.