Aug 26, 2013
By Michael Kramer
It’s a reminder of part of the heritage lost by the destruction of Canada’s pre-Confederation parliament.
The charred remains of seven books have been recovered from a dig at a site in Old Montreal .
They are hardly recognizable as books and appear, in colour and consistency more like charcoal.
in 1849 About 24,000 books and documents -some dating back to the original colony of New France – were destroyed in a fire.
A mob of English-speakers burned down the parliament in a fury against plans by the government to compensate francophone landowners for losses during the rebellions of 1837-38.
The building had only housed parliament for a few years but it was the site of key moments in Canadian history.