“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Berthier-sur-Mer in Chaudière-Appalaches (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region

Doukhobor Immigrants

Des immigrants doukhobors


— 1899 —

Doukhobor Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2014
1. Doukhobor Immigrants Marker
Inscription.  English:
On June 6, 1899, some 2,275 Doukhobor immigrants were forced to disembark at Grosse Île. Several cases of smallpox had been observed aboard the Lake Huron since its departure 23 days previously, thus compelling the complete disinfection of the steamer as well as the vaccination and medical surveillance of all passengers.

More than 7,500 Doukhobors arrived in Canada that same year, followed by other small groups until 1912. These immigrants fled the political and religious repression then occurring in Transcaucasia. Taking advantage of the opening of the Canadian West to settlement, many of them located in Saskatchewan.

Today, Canada numbers close to 40,000 descendants of the Doukhobors.

Le 6 juin 1899, 2 275 immigrants doukhobors sont obligés de débarquer à la Grosse-Île. Des cas de variole forcent la désinfection complète du vapeur Lake Huron ainsi que la vaccination et la mise en observation de tous passagers partis 23 jours plus tôt.

Plus de 7 500 Doukhobors arrivent au Canada au cours de la même année suivis d’autres petits groupes jusqu’en
Doukhobor Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2014
2. Doukhobor Immigrants Marker
1912. Ils quittent la Transcaucasie pour fuir la répression politique et religieuse. Profitant de l’ouverture de l’Quest canadien à la colonisation, ils sont nombreux à s’installer en Saskatchewan.

Aujourd’hui, le Canada compterait près de 40 000 descendants de ces Doukhobors.
Location. 47° 1.2′ N, 70° 40.548′ W. Marker is near Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec, in Chaudière-Appalaches (region). Marker can be reached from Rue de la Marina. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cholera arrives in the Americas (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Celtic Cross (about 240 meters away); Grosse Île and Immigration to Canada (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Veterinarians Mark the History of Animal Health in Canada (approx. one kilometer away); Sir Étienne Paschal Taché (approx. 9.7 kilometers away); Hameau Dunière-Dénéchaud (approx. 10.5 kilometers away); Le quai et la Villégiature / The Quay and Village Life (approx. 10.5 kilometers away); Le phare de l'îlet Bellechasse / The l'Îlet Bellechasee Lighthouse (approx. 10.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berthier-sur-Mer.
More about this marker. Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada is only accessible by ferry from Berthier-sur-Mer. This marker is located near the stables.
Also see . . .  Doukhobors - The Canadian Encyclopedia. Doukhobors are a sect of Russian dissenters, many of whom now live in western Canada. They are known for a radical pacifism which brought them notoriety during the 20th century. Today, their descendants in Canada number approximately 20,000, with one third still active in their culture. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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