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16ème siècle


The discovery of New France


Canada has been populated for 10,000 years. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, it had some 300,000 inhabitants. One of the characteristics of the country was its wide ethnic diversity: Iroquois, Inuit, Outaouais…

The "Country of Canada" was discovered in 1535 by Jacques Cartier, who was seeking out a new route to India. The following year, he discovered an island inhabited by Huron Indians. He named this island Mons realis—Latin for Mount Royal—which, on May 17, 1642, would become the city of Montréal. Between 1534 and 1542, Jacques Cartier took possession of New France (now Canada) in the name of his country and king, François I of France. It was thus that the Canadian French-language community came into existence.



Grévin Montréal

Montreal Eaton Centre, Second floor
705 Sainte-Catherine Street West
office 5-104 | H3B 4G5
Montréal, Québec (Canada)