18th Century

18th Century

1700 A large contingent of colonists join the Decarie brothers and work to develop the land in the Saint-Laurent, Notre-Dame de Liesse, Saint-François and Bois-Franc Costes.

1702  Construction of the first chapel in the Parish of Saint-Laurent. The Rockland Shopping Centre now stands on its original location.

1720 (September 20) Canonic erection of the Saint-Laurent Parish. François Seré becomes the first parish priest.

1722  On March 3, a court order establishes the parish boundaries. These include the Saint-Michel and Saint-Laurent Costes and half of the two ranges of Coste Notre-Dame des Vertus. Coste Notre-Dame de Liesse would be served by means of a mission. At this time, 29 homes stand on Saint-Laurent territory.

1728 Construction of a stone church begins on Montée Saint-Laurent, the current site of the church of Saint-Laurent.

Map of the island's land development in 1702

Where the first chapel
was located

1735 Work is completed and the new church is blessed.

1744  Construction of the church bell tower by Jean-Baptiste Maranda, carpenter for the Saint-Laurent Parish.

1787 Monseigneur Jean-François Hubert, bishop of Quebec, demands that the parish accounts be regularly maintained.

1790 Jean Beauzèle, the last Sulpician priest of the Saint-Laurent, dies at the age of 68 after heading the parish for over twenty years.

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