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The author argues that in the period between the Conquest and Confederation, Gaspé was never truly a part of Quebec or Canada. He claims that its rugged topography and remote location resulted in obvious government neglect and its dependence on a fishing economy produced a society quite different from that of the rest of the province. Moreover, he points out, it was settled by people of diverse origins who, because of poor communications, never created an integrated community feeling in the area; not only did they feel little identity with the people of the rest of the province, but they also felt little common identity with their fellow residents in Gaspé.
Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History
National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Parks Canada
Lee, David. Gaspé, 1760-1867. Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History. Ottawa, ON: National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Parks Canada, 1980. http://parkscanadahistory.com/series/chs/23/chs23-2b.htm.
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