The seigneury of Batiscan is the classic model of the division of territory within a fief in the St. Lawrence Valley. It displays an overall geometric regularity. The portions of land, or censives, allotted to each of the habitants were long contiguous rectangles, perpendicular to the water's edge. The dwellings were lined up along the shore. With this arrangement, each tenant had access to the water and could use the river as a means of transportation. When all river front land was granted, the seigneur began a second rang [row] of concessions.

Batiscan
Cadastral map of Batiscan, seigneury of the Jesuits, ca. 1725
FR CAOM COL G1 461