August 21, 2007

Fort Ville-Marie, French settlement in Montreal in 1642 found!

If you have ancestors who settled in New France in the early 1600s this story may be of interest to you

Dig uncovers 1642 Montreal site

Bneath the worn cement floors of and old warehouse lies what archeologists believe are the first permanent buildings of the settlement that became Montreal.

Archealogists have found the remains of Fort Ville-Marie, the lost, original French settlement in Montreal.

The fort was built in 1642 and housed as many as 50 early colonists, including Montreal's founder, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, and nurse Jeanne Mance. It would have been a key meeting place for aboriginal allies as well as the colony's administrative heart.

But the exact location of the fort, which was eventually abandoned, has baffled historians since the 19th century. The most recent record of the fort dates from 1683.

Read the full story at TheStar.com - News - Dig uncovers 1642 Montreal site

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