Cape may county dating back
(Girouard 1893, 229; Sulte 1884, 55-56.) In 1808 Métis took Simon Fraser to the mouth of the river that was to bear his name. They were first, then came French explorers, fur traders, soldiers and priests. My father grew up in a log cabin in the Clyburn Valley in Ingonish and was steeped in the local lore.(Denton, 1928) Métis took David Thompson in 1811 to the mouth of the Columbia River (Thompson 19, 472). The French called Cape Breton Isle Royale, as it is named in this map by N. Ken Donovan’s excellent article, “Precontact and Settlement: Ingonish and Northern Cape Breton From the Paleo Indians to the 18th century” (Donovan 2009, 330-387), deals with the history of Ingonish, including that of the Mi’kmaq who fished there and occasionally brought their children to be baptized at the chapel there.So, while this site is about the history of Leslieville, a small postal village that is now part of the City of Toronto, it is driven by my own passion for history and for true stories.The type of racist incident from my teenage years would not have been out-of-place in the Leslieville of a hundred years ago or even 32 years ago when I first moved to Leslieville.My dad told me that when he was a kid in Nova Scotia, the other kids would sing, “Chickasee, Chickasaw, Grandpa Doucette married a squaw.” Despite my English grandmother’s best efforts to make us white and English, we were known as the “Indian Doucettes” and even pronouncing our last name “Dowsett” didn’t make us English.
It sits on Cabot Trail under the watchful gaze of Smokey, a series of villages like jewels on a necklace.He lost his fortune in the raids by the New Englanders and had to start again, (the villagers of Ingonish, white, Métis and Mi’kmaq lost much more): Sa propriété avait été entièrement détruite par « des flibustiers françois et sauvages » pendant que l’île Royale était aux mains des Anglais, et il commença à la reconstruire sur des bases plus modestes.According to my father and his father before him, we are descendants of French soldiers stationed there and the local Mi’kmaq people.The site is named , a Mi’kmaw word meaning ‘remarkable place’. The Doucette homestead where my father grew up is where the 11th hole of the golf course was created.