On en bannist les boissons [Drinking is prohibited]
From the Narration annuelle de la mission du Sault [Saint-Louis]
by Father Claude Chauchetière, 1667–1686
FR AD33 série H Jésuites fol. 10.
From New France New Horizons
From the beginning of European settlement in North America to mid-1800s, taverns were important community institutions that served multiple purposes. Although religious and civil authorities often endeavoured to curtail their activities or popularity, taverns were relied on for refuge, sustenance, information, and socialization, and were even used as sites for political organization.