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Cotton makes a colony: Valleyfield’s English roots
Thousands of skilled labourers and their families from Lancashire, England first came to Canada as employees of the Montreal Cottons Factory, greatly influencing the future social, economic, and cultural development of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The Valleyfield mill colony, established in 1875, was a model of 19th century industrial production at a time when companies exercised tremendous control over the lives of their workers, from where they lived and socialized, to the types of products they could buy with their wages. Châteauguay Valley Historical Society president Ken Dolphin, a descendant of cotton-mill workers, revisits Valleyfield and the thousands of British subjects who populated this Quebec settlement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Join us for his virtual tour and local history of this iconic textile town.

Feb 2, 2023 01:30 PM in Montreal

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