Trois Rivieres, Canada
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When French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived at the site of Trois-Rivières in 1535, the area was inhabited by the Algonquin and Abenaki tribes of First Nations. The area was first called Trois-Rivières by Captain Dupont-Gravé in 1599. French navigator Samuel de Champlain, while surveying the site in 1603, recommended it as ideal for a settlement. When the settlement was established in 1634, it became the second permanent settlement in the colony of New France after
In 1760, France lost Trois-Rivières to the British. This followed a period of discrimination against the French-speak Roman Catholic population until the Quebec Act of 1774. Two years after the Act, the British successfully defended its position at the Battle of Trois-Rivières against the Continental Army of the colonies that later became the United States of America.
Despite being ruled by the British, the French-speaking city of Trois-Rivières continued to grow and industrialize. Since the 1738, it had become the oldest industrial city in Canada, with a foundary producing iron to support France’s shipbuilding industry. In the late 1920s it became a major player in the pulp and paper industry.
By the 1960s most of its heavy industries were in decline, creating unemployment that peaked at 14% in the 1990s. Since then Trois-Rivières has diversified into electronics, thermoplastics and the aeronautical industries.
You can reach Trois-Rivières by taking Autoroute 40 that passes through the city between
Sights & Attractions to visit in Trois-Rivières
- Monastère des Ursulines
- Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Cap
- Old Prison of Trois-Rivières (Vieille prison de Trois-Rivières)
- Québec Museum of Folk Culture (Musée québ&eaucte;cois de culture populaire)