"The History of Montreal" Montreal by shiran_d

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The History of Montreal

In 1535, Jacques Cartier visited the Iroquois village of Hochelaga, which was on the island of Montreal, and named the mountain in the center Mount Royal. in 1611, Samuel de Champlain oversaw the first construction by Europeans on the island, near what is today St-Pierre Street in Old Montreal.

The fledgling community grew as a part of New France, until it was taken over by British troops in 1760. In 1792, the town was divided into two sections, east and west, along the length of Saint Laurent Street. The first street lights appeared on Saint-Paul Street in 1815, and McGill University received its charter in 1821.

In 1833, after the city was incorporated, Jacques Viger was elected Montreal's first mayor. Montreal's prominence as a port led to its rapid industrial development as an industrial city, and by the time of confederation in 1867, the city was the capitol of commerce and trade in the new country.

Montreal, the island in the St. Lawrence river, is the collection of municipalities defining urban Quebec.

Montreal and its many cultures attempt to create a melting pot, but the cultures, like flavours, remain distinct and noticable enriching the cosmopolitain experience.

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