City Of Montreal
Montreal is the largest City in Quebec, a Canadian province. Untill the year 1976 it was the second largest City in Canada, after which Toronto took over the position. This beautiful City of Montreal has derived its name from Mount Royal which is the three headed hill situated in the middle of the place. It was initially known as Ville-Marie which means “City of Mary”. There is a small island in the City of Montreal which is also named Mount-Royal.
If you travel throughout the City of Montreal you can feel a distinctive French style in its culture. The official language is French and it is the second largest City which speaks French. Paris ranks first in the list in the matter of speaking French.
The City of Montreal holds a population of 1,620,693 and around seventy
percent of the residents speak their official language.
Let me explain to you in brief how the City of Montreal came into existence. Before the arrival of Europeans, the area was occupied by nomads and various tribal populations. The first village Hochelaga was established at the base of the hill Mount Royal by the St Lawrence Iroquoians. Later on, the French explorer Jacques Cartier visited this village in the year 1535 and claimed St Lawrence Valley a part of France. At that time the population was around 1000. The first recognition of the city came when Champlain established a fur trading post in 1611, which was named as La Place Royale. Until 1760, Ville Marie was a French colony which was later on captured and made a part of Great Britain.
In 1832, the City of Montreal was established due to the opening of Lachine Canal mainly used for navigation purpose. Victoria Bridge was a blessing for Montreal, as it became one of the best railway hubs. It became the largest City of British North America in the year 1860 and cultural town of Canada.
Several climatic regions influence this City. The prevailing climate in Montreal is humid continental. The area is well supplied with rain every year. January is considered as the coldest month of the year.
There was a time when Montreal was considered as the financial and industrial city of Canada. There were buildings, factories and mills spread throughout the city. Even today, the City of Montreal is considered to have the finest architecture in the world. Notre-Dame de Basilica and Bonsecours Market are the best examples for their art work. People flood into the city every year for sightseeing. Tourism is well promoted and one of the main source of income for the city. You can also find many sculptures enriched with artwork throughout the city.
Montreal was recognized as the city of Design in the year 2006.
Article published May 28th, 2009
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