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Rivers, the highways of the time

Did you know that back in the 15th and 16th Century, the French explorers would navigate all over North America? They would set up forts along the rivers, making it difficult for the English explorers to travel via the waterways.

Where the river narrows

Before the arrival of the first Europeans, Quebec City, then known as “Stadaconé”, was a busy trading hub for Amerindians. With the arrival of Samuel de Champlain and the first French settlers in 1608, Quebec City became the capital of New France.