A Student of History

August 22, 2006

Old Fort found in Quebec

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 7:14 pm

The site of one of North America’s first settlements will be the object of an extensive archeological dig ahead of Quebec’s 400th anniversary celebrations. The site, in a suburb southwest of Quebec City, is believed to be where Jacques Cartier built a fort during his third and final voyage to the French colony. The Quebec government said Friday it will give $8 million to the archeological project over the next three years, according to a news report here.  Its the oldest European settlement to be discovered north of Mexico. 

Cartier was a French navigator who was origionally recognized as the European who discovered the St. Lawrence River. Cartier was a born in 1491 at St. Malo, Brittany. Cartier was to make three voyages to North America between 1534 and 1542. On the first voyage in 1534, he thoroughly explored the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He claimed the Gaspe Peninsula for France and took two Laurentain Iroquois home with him to learn French.

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