Speaking of the St. Lawrence River

  When visiting Quebec in eastern Canada, whether in a bustling city or a farm in a village like stars, you will often encounter such people, when he introduces you to the situation, he will often gloat over the St. Lawrence River. In their minds, the blue St. Lawrence River is like a beautiful string. Without it, it is impossible to play a melodious and beautiful song.
  Sightseeing on the St. Lawrence River, from the upper Great Lakes to the lower estuary, forms a beautiful scenic belt. As the boat travels in the water, you can watch along the way. The beautiful scenery on both sides of the strait, like the wonderful programs on the stage, come one after another, and each has its own characteristics and will never be repeated. In some river sections, there are strange rocks on the banks, and the steep walls are like cutting; in some river sections, the rivers are gentle and the sand is white like frost; , endless green fields…
  The St. Lawrence River is not as long and long as the Mississippi River, nor is it as imposing as the Amazon River, but its utilization value is so high that it is incomparable in North America, and even rivers in the entire America. Especially when it travels through densely urbanized and industrially concentrated areas, its significance becomes more and more important. Since the late 1950s, it has become a rare modern shipping channel in the world.
  The St. Lawrence River is Canada’s most valuable heritage during the Great Ice Age. The original owners of this land, the Aboriginal Indians, had lived here for thousands of springs and autumns before the establishment of the country of Canada, multiplying freely like the clusters of flowers and trees on both sides of the St. Lawrence River. Originally, the most powerful tribes living in this area were the Algonquins and Roquois. At that time, they had no fixed villages and gardens, and lived a semi-wandering life. But they are different from the gypsies, who roam the world, but live within a limited range on both sides of the river. They made and used extremely simple tools, such as knives, axes, spears, bows and arrows, to hunt in forests and fish in rivers and lakes. Sometimes, where there is ample water, grow some corn and tobacco. It is said that their history of growing corn is centuries earlier than that of Eurasia. They also cut down tall birch trees and stripped the bark to make boats. Their state-of-the-art transportation and fishing tools can still be seen today. However, they did not use their wisdom and dexterous hands to draw a blueprint of early civilization on this rich land like carving a totem sacred tree. The reason is probably because they are too content with the sweet milk of the St. Lawrence River, relying entirely on the generous gifts of nature.
  At the beginning of the 16th century, the Frenchman Cartier, driving his seaboat, bravely and fortunately sailed into the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, and continued upstream, extending into the interior of Canada. He discovered that the St. Lawrence Lowlands were not just a place of wealth, but a land of tranquility. He returned to France with great joy, and quickly spread the news of his expedition. Since then, groups of French business travelers and immigrants have come from the other side of the Atlantic. Therefore, the St. Lawrence River, as a superior natural corridor, also became the main gateway for European immigrants to enter the North American continent. By the middle of the 17th century, the French had occupied almost the entire lowland plains on both sides of the St. Lawrence River and built many white-inhabited villages. Of course, when the Indians realized that the “grey-faced” were going to seize their land, there was a strong resistance. However, due to the backwardness of weapons, they finally failed. Since then, this fertile land has changed its owner. The white colonists, who regarded themselves as the most superior people, regarded the brown-skinned Indians as inferiors, and not only forced them to work, but also forced them to give up their customs. What is even sadder is that the colonists, like the plague gods, brought viruses and bacteria to the people here. Indians contracted infectious diseases from contact with whites, and they were unable to resist smallpox and measles, resulting in thousands of deaths. Indians were greatly reduced. Today, these Indians are rarely seen in the lowlands of the St. Lawrence River, because most of them have long been driven to the “Indian reservations” specially designated for them, and still live by fishing and hunting, like the “living fossils” of human beings “Like, it has become a plaything for tourists to visit. There were also educated Indians who entered farms, lumber mills, and some towns. But the shadow of racism still hangs over the land.
  Of course, in the history of the development of this land, the exploits of the white pioneers are immortal. They braved the rain and the wind, cut through thorns and thorns, and turned a barren land into a beautiful pastoral garden. At the same time, they also refer to the model of their hometown, generally measure the land, divide the land, and project the European civilization on the long horizon according to the geometric figures. The lowland of the St. Lawrence River is divided into strips perpendicular to the river bank, like a rectangular checkerboard lattice, with neat fields, lined, villa-style farmhouses, and steeple-style churches scattered among the colorful fields. This pastoral scenery, like the end of the Middle Ages, is still preserved in many places.
  Among the villages and towns near the river, Quebec was the first to establish a city, because it occupies a very advantageous and important geographical location. From here, the surface of the St. Lawrence River suddenly opens up. It is like a checkpoint and has won the reputation of “Gibraltar of North America”. On both sides of the riverbed, there were abrupt hills, like two burly warriors, guarding the first gate for this foreigner to enter the North American continent at that time. However, these two warriors did not fulfill their duties, and at their feet, the French built the first city on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Today, it is the oldest historic city on the North American continent.
  Going up the river more than 200 kilometers from Quebec, where the St. Lawrence River meets the Ottawa River, there is a beautiful island, which is Montreal. There is a small hill on the island, with oddly stacked bluestones and sparse trees. It is precisely because of its attractive scenery and convenient transportation that many immigrants rush to come here. Now, it has become Canada’s largest metropolis. Because the old town style and main culture and language of this city are of the French nationality, people here are accustomed to calling it “Paris of North America”.
  Today, people living on both sides of the St. Lawrence River have not forgotten the ancestors who first sowed the seeds of civilization here, let alone the St. Lawrence River, because it nurtured Canada as a child and nurtured this emerald-like land.

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