This large crest is of the Molsons Bank in Montreal. In the first half of the 19th century, Montreal became the driving economic and cultural heart of British North America.
This elegant sleigh is nearby.
The Geological Survey of Canada was founded in Montreal, where its headquarters included a museum for the public. The institution later moved to Ottawa, but that museum is the origin of the national museums of Canada, seven of which are now in the national capital area, administered under four government corporations.
The first director of the GSC was William Logan, whose leadership provided the scientific foundations of the organization- still the oldest scientific government agency in the country.
The 1830s were a time of turbulent unrest and rebellion in Canada. Out of this time came the fusion of the legislatures of Upper and Lower Canada- today Ontario and Quebec- into one. It was unwieldy and chaotic, but out of that period came a homegrown movement towards the idea of responsible government. This would ultimately lead to Confederation.
Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine was one of the co-premiers of the Canadas at the time, and a driving force behind responsible government. This quote is from him.
You have a fascinating history. I would love a ride in that beautiful sleigh.ReplyDelete
It's quite something.Delete
I think so.Delete
Confederation was a new idea for those times, somehow.ReplyDelete
Its process was a complicated one.Delete
Nice shots again, I specially like that wonderful sledge.ReplyDelete
The sleigh is impressive indeed.
Su reconocimiento, es de fama mundial.ReplyDelete
Even fifty years ago Montréal was a world class city rivalling many European metropolises. It was perhaps the only great city in North America. Sadly, it can no longer claim that title. We have no "great" cities in North America.ReplyDelete
What fascinating history! I love learning about this period. Montreal is so interesting to me. Beautiful photos today -- especially that gorgeous sleigh.ReplyDelete
A ride in that sleigh would be a winter’s dream come true!ReplyDelete
...Canada has always had beautiful cities.ReplyDelete
I think so.Delete
I love the sleigh, beautiful. Have a great weekend.
The sleigh is wonderful. So elegant.ReplyDelete
That sleigh is something to see. I see others here liked it too.ReplyDelete
At the time there was a lot of discussion about responsible government. They wanted to get away from government that was far away and overseas.ReplyDelete
It was a good path to follow.Delete
Great sculpture of what looks like a 'coat of arms' ~ also the sleigh caught my eye ~ great history ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
The sleigh is pretty impressive.ReplyDelete
That it is.Delete
I too like the look of that sleigh :)ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
That crest is an incredible monumentReplyDelete
Impressive crest, sleigh and carving. Good photosReplyDelete
Have to say, types of governments gives me brain freeze.
what fun. i love history, i mean there. thanks for letting me learn a bit more... way cool!! ( ;ReplyDelete
Yes, quite a good idea, this idea of responsible government.ReplyDelete