Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 1775 - American Occupation
April 17: In Lexington, Massachusetts, the New England rebellion begins, and the rebel leader, George Washington, is determined to seize Quebec before Britain can use it as a spring board to invade the thirteen colonies. He also declares that he wants to possess all of Canada, not just an opposition to the British. Most Canadians want no part of this English family squabble over power. Most French Canadians refuse to take up arms; no more than 600 French Canadians in all of Quebec are prepared to support the British English from the American English.
May 1: In Montreal, Quebec, a bust of King George III was adorned with beads, a cross and miter inscribed with the words Pope of Canada, Sot of England. A reward of five hundred guineas did not lead to the culprit. An American description of rural French Quebec is that they are very stupid; not one in four hundred could read one word, but that they were very precise in saying their prayers, counting their beads and crossing themselves. Their fences were made of cedar stages, driven down into the ground about two inches from each other. All their farming tools and household furniture is very poor. They draw their oxen by the horn. Their houses and barns with thatched roofs are very poor. They sleep on straw beds, raised on bedsteads about two feet high. Their windows are chiefly paper but some are glass. A good chunked breed of horse, small cattle, poor hogs but very good fowls of all sorts. No chairs to set on, all set on blocks and stools. They are very kind and hospitable to us. All camped in the French homes. The army bought bread, milk, eggs, potatoes, rum, brandy, sugar, turkeys, fowls etc. Most French are indifferent to the American siege of Quebec as they didn't care if the English speaking people talked through their noses or their teeth- it was an English fight.
November 12: All of Canada, except Quebec City, is under American occupation.
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