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Subject: [Q-R] Excerpt Of History
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2004 08:35:11 EST

Jeanne Mance 1606-1673

"First secular nurse of North America, cofounder of the little mission
colony at Montreal and founder of its Hotel Dieu Hospital. Jeanne was called the
"Angel of the colony" by the people she served. Under her able administration
the hospital flourished and the colony grew from 40 original settlers to 1500,
often in spite of overwhelming odds. More than once her courage and her talent
for obtaining money, support and volunteers saved the colony from financial
ruin or destruction in Iroquois raids. Beloved during her lifetime, her legend
as heroine has grown with the years. The Hotel-Dieu continues as one of
Montreal's great hospitals."

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