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(Bourg Royal)

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"Charlesbourg. vil., Que., chef-lieu of co. and 4 m. from Quebec, on the St Lawrence."

The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada
John George Bartholomew
John Murdoch Harper
January 1, 1890
London : J. Walker

The first settlement of Charlesbourg dates back to the 1660s when the Jesuits organized the nucleus of a colony in a place known as the Trait-Carré, meaning "perpendicular." The name Charlesbourg originates from this time from a chapel built at Bourg-Royal, in honour of St Charles Borromée. The village site at the Trait-Carré had a rather characteristic triangular parcelling-out of the land radiating outwards from a central square, in the centre of which the church was located. The land allotted to every tenant would fan out from that point in an isosceles triangular shape away from the town square. In this way, the farmhouses would all be situated close to the town centre, making it easy for everyone to help out and to participate in community-oriented tasks and festivities while being in a position to defend the village against attacks.

www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

NOTE: In early days, this village was sometimes referred to as Petite-Rivière-Saint-Charles or simply Saint-Charles.

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  • 1541 - At the mouth of the Cap Rouge River, Jacques Cartier founds Charlesbourg-Royal, the first French settlement in America.

    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/prehistory-to-1800.html

  • 1542 - Charlesbourg-Royal is abandoned. Cartier meets the sieur de Roberval, who was officially part of the same expedition, in Newfoundland.

    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/prehistory-to-1800.html

  • 1659 - Charlesbourg founded


  • 1666 Census - There were 112 people living at Charlesbourg and Notre-Dame-des-Anges on the St Charles river.

    www.canadiangenealogy.net/ chronicles/ new_france.htm

  • 1674 - The first recorded Austrian to come to what is now Canada was the Vienna-born Hans Daigle (possibly "Degler" or "Deger"), a soldier in the service of France, who purchased land in Charlesbourg, Quebec in 1674.
    Sometime courrier de bois with Des Grosseillers and Radisson, he married Marie-Anne Perroteau in 1685. We know relatively littel of his life and...Read MORE...


  • 1792 - June 27 - Prince Edward, Duke of Kent intervenes in an election riot
    His close friend, Louis de Salaberry, is running in a local election for a seat in the Lower Canadian legislature; with Salaberry in the lead when...Read MORE...


  • Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada
    Eglise de Charlesbourg, built 1813
  • Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada
    Charlesbourg (1830)
    Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-262-21
    www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

  • 1832 - The Village of Charlesbourg
    is pleasantly and conspicuously situated on a rising ground of considerable eminence about 4 files N. of Quebec, and consists of about 70 houses,...Read MORE...


  • Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada
    Charlebourg and the St. Charles River, October 28, 1836
    Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-47-128
    www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

  • 1873
    CHARLESBOURG, the chief town of the county of Quebec, situated in rear of Beauport, 4 miles from Quebec. It has an extensive lumber and general...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - The Hidden Treasure
    Quebec, May 4. - Another complication has risen in connection with the supposed hidden treasure on Madeline street, old citizens now recalling that...Read MORE...


  • Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada
    Le Grand Seminare des Peres Eudistes, Charlesbourg (Comte de Quebec)
  • 1916
    Charlesbourg, sharlz'boorg', the capital of the co. of Quebec, province of Quebec, Canada, on the St. Lawrence, 4 miles below the city of Quebec....Read MORE...


  • Charlesbourg
    Charlesbourg, Qué, Ville, pop 70 310 (2001c), 70 942 (1996c), 70 792 (1991cA), area 66.28 km2, inc 1976, following the merger of the cities of...Read MORE...




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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)
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Eglise de Charlesbourg, built 1813

Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)
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Charlesbourg (1830)
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-262-21
www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)
Pinterest
Charlebourg and the St. Charles River, October 28, 1836
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-47-128
www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)
Pinterest
Le Grand Seminare des Peres Eudistes, Charlesbourg (Comte de Quebec)

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  • 1541 - At the mouth of the Cap Rouge River, Jacques Cartier founds Charlesbourg-Royal, the first French settlement in America.
    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/prehistory-to-1800.html
  • 1542 - Charlesbourg-Royal is abandoned. Cartier meets the sieur de Roberval, who was officially part of the same expedition, in Newfoundland.
    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/prehistory-to-1800.html
  • 1659 - Charlesbourg founded
  • 1666 Census - There were 112 people living at Charlesbourg and Notre-Dame-des-Anges on the St Charles river.
    www.canadiangenealogy.net/ chronicles/ new_france.htm
  • 1674 - The first recorded Austrian to come to what is now Canada was the Vienna-born Hans Daigle (possibly "Degler" or "Deger"), a soldier in the service of France, who purchased land in Charlesbourg, Quebec in 1674.
    Sometime courrier de bois with Des Grosseillers and Radisson, he married Marie-Anne Perroteau in 1685. We know relatively littel of his life and... Read MORE...

  • 1792 - June 27 - Prince Edward, Duke of Kent intervenes in an election riot
    His close friend, Louis de Salaberry, is running in a local election for a seat in the Lower Canadian legislature; with Salaberry in the lead when... Read MORE...

  • 1832 - The Village of Charlesbourg
    is pleasantly and conspicuously situated on a rising ground of considerable eminence about 4 files N. of Quebec, and consists of about 70 houses,... Read MORE...

  • 1873
    CHARLESBOURG, the chief town of the county of Quebec, situated in rear of Beauport, 4 miles from Quebec. It has an extensive lumber and general... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - The Hidden Treasure
    Quebec, May 4. - Another complication has risen in connection with the supposed hidden treasure on Madeline street, old citizens now recalling that... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Charlesbourg, sharlz'boorg', the capital of the co. of Quebec, province of Quebec, Canada, on the St. Lawrence, 4 miles below the city of Quebec.... Read MORE...

  • Charlesbourg
    Charlesbourg, Qué, Ville, pop 70 310 (2001c), 70 942 (1996c), 70 792 (1991cA), area 66.28 km2, inc 1976, following the merger of the cities of... Read MORE...

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