Introduction IntroductionHochelaga 1500-1642Ville-Marie 1642-1665French Empire 1699-1763Small French Town 1665-1760Conquered City 1760-1800British Commercial Takeover 1800-1850Industrial City 1850-1896Canada's Metropolis 1896-1914North-American City 1914-1929Depression and War 1930-1945Modern City 1945-1960Québec's Metropolis 1960-1992ConclusionQuizEducational Resources
Montréal, 500 Years of History in Archives / INTRODUCTION
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Montréal celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1992. Starting as a small mission colony of merely 50 settlers, Montréal has since become a prominent North American city, a metropolis of three million inhabitants.

The city’s defining traits stem from its French roots, but it has also assimilated British influences, and, more recently, the contribution of many diverse cultures, all the while living in symbiosis with the North American continent, in tune with its rhythm.