Caring for a Colony. The Story of Jeanne Mance by Joanna Emery

By Joanna Emery

This is a narrative of pioneering braveness and compassion within the New global. Jeanne dreamed of devoting her existence to taking care of others. In 1641, she courageously gave up her cozy middle-class lifestyles in France to trip to the French colonies, latest province of Quebec. In overcoming excellent hardships, massacres, ailment, deprivation and 7 gruelling journeys around the ocean, Jeanne proved to be a striking chief. She ended up founding the 1st medical institution in Montreal in addition to being a pioneer and founding father of town of Montreal.

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Attached to a chapel, the two-storey stone and wood building was separated into two wards on the ground floor, six beds for the men and two for the women. A fireplace at each end served for both cooking and warmth, while Sister Brésoles used one corner for a small apothecary. The Sisters slept in a small room divided into tiny “cells” on the top floor. Each morning, they ducked to avoid the damp linens hung throughout their quarters to dry and quietly descended the twenty-two steps to the patients’ floor.

Madame de La Peltrie, on the other hand, had not forgotten to bring over her expensive French furniture. As well as their devotion to God, Jeanne and the wealthy young widow had much in common and were soon to become good friends. FILTH It was said of the Augustinian Sisters at the Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec that they worked so hard, in such filth, that they had to dye their white habits with butternut juice. POSTAL SERVICE Jeanne would have written by candlelight. She probably had no news of her family back in France during her stay in Quebec.

The once tranquil forests of Montreal Island were now filled with the sounds of hard work. Everyone knew that in several months, the St. Lawrence would turn to ice, and snow would blanket the forests. With less than fifty colonists, Ville-Marie quickly became a small outpost about the size of a football field and surrounded by a palisade. Inside were barracks, a small birchwood chapel, and a few cabins, including one for Jeanne. Her cabin also served as the hospital. Here she tended her first patient, an Algonquin named Patchurini.

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