Available for the primary time in English, the 1776 Magazine of François Child, Gabriel Taschereau, and Jenkin Williams supplies an perception into the failure to incite rise up in Quebec by means of American revolutionaries. At the same time as different assets have proven how British infantrymen and civilians and the French-Canadian gentry (the seigneurs) spoke back to the American invasion of 1775–1776, this Magazine makes a speciality of French-Canadian peasants (les habitants) who made up the majority of the inhabitants; in different phrases, the Magazine is helping provide an explanation for why Quebec didn’t turn out to be the “fourteenth colony.”
After American forces have been expelled from Quebec in early 1776, the British governor, Sir Man Carleton, despatched 3 depended on envoys to find who had collaborated with the rebels from the south. They traveled to fifty-six parishes and missions within the Quebec and Trois Rivières district, discharging disloyal armed forces officials and changing them with devoted topics. They ready a file on every parish, revealing movements taken to fortify the American citizens or the king. Child and his colleagues documented quite a lot of responses. A few habitants enlisted with the American citizens; others provided them with meals, firewood, and transportation. A few habitants refused to cooperate with the king’s infantrymen. In A few parishes, ladies have been the American citizens’ such a lot zealous supporters. Total, the Child Magazine obviously finds that the habitants performed crucial, however regularly lost sight of, position within the American invasion.