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Read the amazing true stories of five pioneers who helped shape our country. Follow Marie-Anne Gaboury as she treks across Canada with her husband. Learn how Louis Hébert became the first habitant as he made his living as a farmer. All the stories will make you appreciate how this country came to be.

Marie-Anne Gaboury began to travel the country with her husband when he trapped and hunted. She often caused quite a stir when they went into Native camps, since she was the first white female the Native people had seen. Although she lived as her husband did, Marie-Anne always dressed as a French woman. She even carried a flatiron with her wherever she went, so she could press her wrinkled clothing.

One summer, again pregnant, she was riding with Jean-Baptiste across the prairie. Reine was in a cradleboard at her mother’s side. Suddenly Marie-Anne’s horse spied a herd of buffalo. Because it had been ridden in the hunt before, in its excitement the horse began to gallop, with Marie-Anne unable to control it. Jean-Baptiste managed to stop the animal, and a few hours later, their second child was born, right there on the open prairie. He was nicknamed Laprairie.

The next spring, they were captured by Sarcees. Marie-Anne and Jean-Baptiste managed to escape on horseback during the night with their two children. They rode hard for five days. Once they were back at the fort, Marie-Anne saw that the Sarcees had been pursuing them the entire distance. They had barely made it.

Blue Mantle will be at the Family Life Conference in Lac Ste Anne Alberta June 28th to July 1st. If you wish to place an order and have us bring it to the conference, to avoid shipping charges, please call us before June 14th at: 1-877-858-6833 Dismiss