Sunday’s Centre d’histoire piece looks back at the old springtime floods in the lower parts of town that followed ice jams in the river.
Gilles Proulx tells about the 1689 massacre in Lachine. I haven’t enough information to judge whether Proulx’ claim that the Mohawk warriors indulged in cannibalism has any credibility. The Wikipedia article talks about the stresses at the time between First Nations groups that had been assimilated by the French vs. those that hadn’t, and says “Because all written accounts of the attack were by the French victims, their reports of cannibalism and parents being forced to throw their children onto burning fires may be exaggerated or apocryphal.”
The story of Au lutin qui bouffe apparently fascinates everyone, as it’s a bit of Montreal 20th‑century history that seems to point forward to our era in some ways. You didn’t just eat at Au lutin, which was in an otherwise unfashionable spot on St-Grégoire at the northern edge of the Plateau, you also had yourself photographed doing so, with a piglet.
I had a blog entry about Au lutin not long ago pointing to a Centre d’histoire article and to articles by Kristian Gravenor. Gravenor also wrote about the eventual grim fate of the owner, a man called Bert McAbbie (an unusual Quebec surname that probably started out as Machabée).
Radio-Canada has been doing a lot of history pieces lately, I guess in tune with the 375th theme: horses in Montreal, interesting historical places, the creation of the Expo islands.