"there are some antique pre-British takeover Quebecois gold coins"

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The Canadian city of Quebec was taken over by the British on September 8, 1760. One of the novel's themes is that of Quebec Separatism, which refers to the political movement to achieve statehood for the Canadian province. Separatists campaign for Quebec to become a country of its own, independent from Canada.