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Across the Pond - From Jersey to Gaspe

  
Across the Pond - From Jersey to Gaspe
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    Across the Pond - From Jersey to Gaspe Some three thousand seven hundred miles of the Atlantic Ocean separate Jersey in the Channel Islands from Gaspe in Quebec, Canada.But in 1843 that didnt deter 29 year old Thomas Le...
    Across the Pond - From Jersey to Gaspe

    Some three thousand seven
    hundred miles of the Atlantic Ocean separate Jersey in the Channel
    Islands from Gaspe in Quebec, Canada.But in 1843 that didnt deter 29
    year old Thomas Le Page to leave his island home of Jersey and head
    across the pond to Gaspe. His incentive was to avoid the
    embarrassment of bankruptcy. The shame and the gossip in a small
    community of just nineteen thousand people in an island just nine
    miles by five was simply too much to face.It would have been a
    difficult decision to make, especially for Thomas who in a quest for
    new life had left his wife and children. But as a merchant seaman he
    had made the trip several times before on board The Seaflower one of
    many ships built in Jersey to service the cod fishing trade ‐a new
    and booming industry that had forced Jersey to create its own
    production and processing outpost in Gaspe.This was thanks to
    Charles Robin a Jersey entrepreneur who had had the foresight to
    claim the fishing grounds of Gaspe for his native island in 1767
    after the French had been forced to leave it following The Treaty in
    Paris just three years earlier.On his arrival Le Page claimed a plot
    of land with 110 acres just inland at Malbaie an area already
    saturated by fellow Jerseymen all keen to cash in on this new and
    exciting industry that had grown from strength to strength over the
    last ten years. He as did many others had done before him and built
    a traditional four bedroom Jersey home which still stands today.Two
    years later his wife Betsy and children Elizabeth, Mary Nancy and
    Thomas David joined him to help with a life of farming and fishing,
    tragically Thomas drowned off the coast of Gaspe but in true Jersey
    tradition left the farm to his son Thomas David, and so life went
    on.By following the ocean going trail of the Le Page family this one
    hour programme examines the unique link between Jersey and Gaspe
    that still exists today.We look at the many surviving Jersey built
    homes and find a mass of extraordinary memorabilia including
    furniture, photographs, clothing, paintings and letters.Memorabilia
    that tells the fascinating story of trade, survival, loss and
    success of the thousands of Jersey migrants who chose to make a new
    life in Quebec.
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