History of Montreal Canada

In 1965, a French explorer by the name Jacques Cartier came to Montreal Island. 7 years later, some French settler under the leadership of Paul de Chomedey came to Montreal and settled there. The ongoing fur trade led to the flourishing of this settlement but the Iroquois were not impressed. In 1701, the settlers and the Iroquois came into an agreement and this brought the animosity to an end.

Montreal’s founder, Paul de Chomedey intended to make the city a missionary hub. As a result, he set up a chapel, hospital and other buildings that would help to make his dreams come true. He wanted to protect the city against constant attacks by Iroquois. Despite the massive efforts to make Montreal a religious center, the idea was overtaken by the fur trade. Though the city lost its control over the fur trade as a result of the merger between the 2 leading fur companies, its growth did not come to a halt.  The city shifted from transporting fur and concentrated on timber and agri-products distribution.

In 1760, Montreal, which had a population of 5,000 people, was captured by the British. Later in 1775, Montreal was again captured by the Americans but they gave up on the city after only 7 months. The British regained their control over Montreal and made the city flourish. During this time, the Bank of Montreal was set up and around 1825, Lachine Canal came into existence.

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The amenities were greatly improved in the 19th century which made life easier for the residents. The formation of the police department in 1843 and the linking of the city to Lachine via railway in 1847 are among these developments. Despite suffering from disasters such as the disastrous fire in 1852, Montreal has continued to flourish and its population has grown from thousands to half a million.

During the 1920s when there was Prohibition in the US, the visit to Montreal by many Americans made the city flourish. The opening of Jacques Cartier Bridge in the 1930s and the Montreal Botanical Gardens in 1931also helped to advance the development in Montreal.

Just like any other city in the world, Montreal suffered from the 1930s depression but this did not keep the city down for long. The population grew to millions and multiple buildings came up towards the 1960s. The setting up of Versailles Shopping Mall in 1963 is among the key developments that have propelled the development of Montreal.

Another key development that made Montreal stand out was the 1976 Olympic Games. The millions that took part in the Olympics contributed to the increased economic growth. Montreal continues to thrive even as the population in the city continues to grow. It has become a modern city where you’ll get the best that life has to offer. With its rich history and beautiful sites to behold, the city is a must visit every time you go to Canada.