Immigration to canada
Students will discover the path taken What many immigrants
come to Canada, and the sacrifices they were prepared to
make for a better life.
Even before officially a country, Canada is experiencing
waves of immigration. Grosse Ile is a small island of St.
Lawrence, about 46 km downstream from Quebec City. Today,
Grosse Ile stands in witness of the sufferings and sacrifices
endured these immigrants, and an inadequate system to support
the level of immigration that has experienced and the difficulties
it has encountered.
Before the advent of the aircraft and commercial flights,
future immigrants go to their new destinations by boat.
Upon termination of the slave trade to North America, the
unscrupulous ship owners find another way to make money
by offering across the Atlantic at a low price to those
who leave their country of origin . Plus they board passengers
on their ships, plus the owners richer. The wedges unhealthy,
where there is very little fresh air and light, where passengers
are packed, become a breeding ground for disease causing
a series of epidemics among the first facing the shores
of America North. Passengers must endure up to ten weeks
of hellish conditions before reaching their port of arrival.
Faced with the incidence of disease found among passengers
traveling on these ships, Grosse Ile became a way station,
where a ship has to stop before being allowed to continue
his journey to the interior of the continent and that any
passenger can go down.
The cholera epidemic, which said in 1832, is the event
that triggers the transformation of Grosse Ile in a quarantine
station where 51 746 Irish and English immigrants are examined.
The disease, originally from Asia, has been spread by travelers
heading west. Despite the quarantine, the disease managed
to reach the city of Quebec, where it is 3800 victims, and
Montreal, where 1900 people die the following year. We know
very little about the disease at the time, and how to contain