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The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright$
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Ann M. Little

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218213

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218213.001.0001

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Esther Anglaise

Esther Anglaise

(p.84) Chapter Three Esther Anglaise
The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright

Ann M. Little

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Esther Wheelwright’s stay in Québec, North America’s most impressively fortified city, which was surrounded by enormous earthworks and enclosed by thick stone walls and gates. There, Esther was accompanied by Father Jacques Bigot who helped her enroll in an Ursuline school. Due to Esther’s Euro-American origin Father Jacques brought her to the Château Saint-Louis to live with the governor and his family rather than transferring her immediately to the Ursuline convent. Her new Canadian hosts quickly shed Esther’ of her Wabanaki identity, and described her in contemporary documents as purely Anglaise (English). This distinction would make all the difference in her life among the Ursulines.

Keywords:   Québec, Jacques Bigot, Anglaise, Wabanaki identity, Ursulines, Château Saint-Louis

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