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The settlers story

The flood of Ville-Marie of 1642

The flood of Ville-Marie of 1642 In the month of December 1642, all at once the Saint-Laurent River had overflowed,...
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Bigamy in Nouvelle France

Departure from France La Rochelle had been the hub of commerce between Nouvelle France and the Metropolis for many long...
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The great recruit of 1653

About 350 years ago, The Great Recruit of 1653 Recruitment of Pioneers Nine years after its foundation, Ville-Marie still lives...
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The charm of girls in the 17th century

Front page of a pamphlet who is said to have been written by Charles Chiniquy and published by him under...
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Unheated churches

Under the French regime, the parishes were obliged to attend at least eighty masses a year. They certainly deserved a...
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The First Health Insurance Plan March 30th 1655

Archives nationales du Québec à Montréal, registry of Notary Raphaël Lambert Closse, CN601-592. For the entire duration of the French...
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Moving and the transportation of buildings

During the 17th & 18th Century, people would rarely move, except at times for weddings, or the death of someone...
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Parishes of the XVII th century

For thirty-five years, there was only one parish on the Island of Montréal. Services were held first in the fort,...
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Jacques Archambault and his family, witnesses of the 1663 earthquake

It is known that in 1663, there was a great earthquake that brought fear to the colony. Here are a...
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