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Transcript of Grosse Île
Are they the reason they suffered?
Is The Canadian Government Doing Anything?
Were The Ship Captains Deceiving Them?
The British government are saying they did not know the people they were sending were sick and encouraged them to move to North America because of the famine. Before it was made a decision, emigration was long hard thought about by the British government.
The ship captains thought that it was simpler to get rid of the people who were a heavy burden to be thrown off the ship while they were traveling to America. The Captains wanted the ships traveling to North America to be full, so they lied to the people by saying it was a good ship. Once everyone got on the ship they started to get sick with diseases such as cholera, typhoid and smallpox and some eventually died.
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What Really Happened
Tragedies of Grosse Île
Did The Administration At Grosse Île Handle The Situation
The Administration at Grosse Île did not really have a absolute goal to help the sick but to keep from contamination of diseases in their country. All the hospital sheds were full and over 200 patients had been left on the last ships to arrive. This was because they had no more beds and space for all the emigrants, this is reflecting they were many people who were contaminated. The administration had no real understanding of these diseases nor did they have proper medicine and equipment, meaning they were really not safely treating the sick.
On the island located in the middle of the river, Grosse Île played an important role from 1832 to 1937 as a quarantine station at the Port of Quebec for the arrival of emigrants. After the Napoleonic Wars ended, a number of people, mostly Irish left the British Isle to make new lives for themselves.
Grosse Île was the first stop in the new country for the people. Some did not make it past there but some did.
Approximately 3,226 people died in Grosse Île and 2,198 died on board ships.
Irish Landowners: Friend or Foe?
Irish landowners payed for the emigrants rides to North America and this was called "Assisted Emigration" because of the English Poor Law which made them responsible to support tenants who payed less than 4 pounds in yearly rent. They did this to be sure to get rid of them.
The quarantine station that was built in 1832 to keep sick Irish immigrants from contaminating North America.
The Legacy Of Grosse Île Still Lives
Now a site memorializing the quarantine station, Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site managed by Parks Canada is a place where people go to learn about the immigrants, doctors and many people who lives on the island. People can go inside the building that no longer is infectious and take a look at the equipment and machinery. They can also watch a multimedia presentation teaching about some of the important events and take a trolley to villages or even hospital sectors. Many people also take a look at at the Celtic Cross which was made in 1909 to show respect to the Irish immigrants who died or even take a look at cemetery that was made in 1832 to show respect to the immigrants and employees who were buried at the quarantine station. The names of the people who died are also carved there. There are 40 buildings still standing and most of them have been fixed up.
Irish immigrants getting ready to board the ship
The Celtic Cross in Grosse Île which was mad in 1909.
Cemetery in Grosse Île to memorialize those who passed in this tradegy
Island of Grosse Île.
A hospital in Grosse Île
A ship that was used to bring Irish immigrants to North America.