Place:Gaspé, Québec, Canada

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NameGaspé
Alt namesGaspé-Est
Gaspé-Ouest
TypeHistorical County
Located inQuébec, Canada

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Gaspé was an historical county in the province of Québec.

Lovell's Gazetteer (1895)

  • "GASPE, a maritime county of Quebec, occupying the east portion of the Gaspé Peninsula, has an area of 2,909,940 acres. Chief town, Percé. Pop. 26,875.
  • GASPE, a district of Quebec, comprising the counties of Gaspé and Bonaventure, is surrounded from Cap Chat to Cap des Rosiers by the waters of the River St. Lawrence; thence to Pointe aux Macqueran by the waters of the Gulf, this point being the boundary between the two counties; thence to Point Magouacha by the Baie des Chaleurs, and thence westward to the uppermost end of the district by River Restigouche; the whole extent being about 375 miles of coast, intersected by numerous smaller rivers, bays, and harbors, and being throughout a most valuable and inexhaustible fishing coast,-more particularly so the county of Gaspé, and the Magdalen Islands, situate in the centre of the Gulf. The chief resources of the district, with respect to exportations, are the cod, salmon, mackerel, herring, and whale fisheries, and lumber; the former principally in the county of Gaspé, and the latter principally in the county of Bonaventure. The imports, consisting of the necessaries of life in the way of provision and clothing for the total supply of nearly two-thirds of the population (not being producers or manufacturers), make of this district an extensive market for the products of other parts of the Province, contributing largely to the public revenue. The trade carried on hitherto has been retained by a comparatively small number of houses (who have realized large fortunes), leaving yet room for many competitors. The population of the two counties, per last census, was: Bonaventure, 20,835; Gaspé, 26,875 -total, 47,710-mostly settled along the coast, leaving immense tracts of wild lands fit for cultivation."

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Gaspé-Est

The Family History Library Catalog entry for Gaspé-Est

includes the following villages/parishes: 
  • Anse-au-Griffon
  • Baie-de-Gaspé-Nord (canton)
  • Barachois
  • Cap-d'Espoir
  • Cap-des-Rosiers (canton)
  • Cape-Cove
  • Cloridorme
  • Douglastown
  • Gascons
  • Gaspé
  • Gaspé Basin
  • Grande-Gréve
  • Grande-Rivière
  • Grande-Vallée
  • Mal-Bay
  • Newport
  • Pabos
  • Peninsula
  • Penouille
  • Percé
  • Petite-Rivière-Pabos
  • Pointe-Navarre
  • Pointe-Saint-Pierre
  • Rivière-au-Rénard
  • Rose-Bridge
  • Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie
  • Saint-Maurice-de-l'Échouerie
  • Saint-Pierre-de-la-Malbaie
  • Sainte-Adélaide-de-Pabos
  • Sandy-Beach
  • Wakeham

Gaspé-Ouest

The Family History Library Catalog entry for Gaspé-Ouest

includes the following villages/parishes: 
  • Cap-Chat
  • Gaspé
  • Madeleine-Centre
  • Rivière-la-Madeleine
  • Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis
  • Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

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