Montréal is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. The city is located on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. Montreal was incorporated as a city in 1832.
[Gouvernement du Québec 2007 statistics]
The first European to reach the area was Jacques Cartier, when, on October 2, 1535, he entered the village of Hochelega, on the Island of Montreal. The first permanent European settlement on the Island of Montreal was created in 1639 by a French tax collector named Jérôme Le Royer. The town remained French until 1760, when Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal surrendered it to the British army under Jeffrey Amherst.
By the 1770s the city, now named Montreal, started to grow from British immigration.
By 1860 Montreal was the largest city in British North America and the undisputed economic and cultural centre of Canada. Today, one in four Montrealers is born abroad, contributing to the city's reputation as one of the liveliest cultural hotspots in North America.
‘A Sense of Belonging’ Priority Areas for Montreal:
2007 Regional Report
(information compiled during Montreal Regional Visit)
DATES: September 26-27, 2007
Riham Sayed Omar