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Alexis St Martin -The Human Guinea Pig

Alexis Bidagan dit St. Martin was born on April 18, 1794 at Berthier, just north of Montreal. He used the surname St. Martin all his life, but his formal surname was Bidagan. His first name is pronounced without the silent s: Alexi.In 1822 Alexis St Martin was working as a
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Canada Inks the US Greenbacks?

Ever wonder where the ink on US Currency came from?  The green ink that has been used since 1862 to print United States greenback banknotes was invented in 1857.  Thomas Sterry Hunt, while he was a professor at McGill University in Montréal developed the ink. Hunt was the staff analytical
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Adam Dollard – Hero of New France

Very often in Canada, we ignore our heroes.  Such is the case of Adam Dollard, Sieur des Ormeaux and a Huron Chief named Anahotaha Dollard.  He was a 25 year old professional soldier from France.  He was posted to the colony of New France in 1657.By 1660, New France was
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Quebec Bridge Collapse

In 1907 Quebec was building the biggest cantilever bridge in the world.  Little did they know that on August 29 that they would also experience one of the largest bridge collapses in history. The bridge across the St. Lawrence River, six-mile above Quebec City, was the brainchild of the Quebec
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Wilbert Coffin – Wrongfully Executed?

It was June 1953.  Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania natives, 17-year old Richard Lindsey, his father Eugene Lindsey and 20 year-old Frederick Claar left home for a bear hunting trip in the Gaspé. About a month later, their bodies, or what was left of them after bears had mauled them, were found in the
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The Padlock Law

Anyone with more than a passing knowledge of American history can recall the existence of a gentleman named Joseph McCarthy.  His 1947 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC).  They looked for communists under every leaf and bed in America.  This was the post war period and everyone was suspicious of
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ANTICOSTI Island… A Writer’s Dream

In less than the last 400 years, there have been in excess of 400 shipwrecks on the rocky shores of Anticosti Island. Anticosti Island is situated right at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.  Some 8,000 square kilometres in size, Anticosti Island is large enough to have Prince Edward Island
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