Montreal the metropolis of the province of Quebec.
Quebec City is the political capital but Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province. The second largest city in Canada, it is a city rich in culture and history, has an inordinate number of attractive, fashionably dressed people, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, behind Paris. The population of Montreal is approximately 1.6 million, with 3.8 million in the metro area.
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Situated on an island in the St. Laurent River at the historically highest navigable point, Montreal has been a strategic location since before the arrival of... (more)
Situated on an island in the St. Laurent River at the historically highest navigable point, Montreal has been a strategic location since before the arrival of Europeans in Canada. A thriving Mohawk town called Hochelaga was on the site of present-day Montreal when explorer Jacques Cartier first visited in 1535. A hundred years later, in 1642, the tiny town of Ville-Marie was founded as a Sulpician mission by Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve. It soon became a centre of the fur trade. After its capture by the English in 1762, Montreal remained the most important city in Canada and was briefly capital of the province in the 1840s.
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