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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada
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Founded in 1659, Charlesbourg is a borough of Quebec City, in the northeastern part of the city and West of the city of Beauport. Population (2001): 70,310. Area 66.28 km². Incorporated in 1976 following the merger of the cities of Orsainville, Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides, the town of Charlesbourg (1949) and the municipality of Charlesbourg-Est (1928). It them became part of Quebec City on January 1, 2002 after a controversial province-wide city merger project. wikipedia

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.

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

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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

Eglise de Charlesbourg, built 1813

Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

Charlesbourg (1830)
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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

Charlebourg and the St. Charles River, October 28, 1836
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Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal)

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.
1542 - Charlesbourg-Royal is abandoned. Cartier meets the sieur de Roberval, who was officially part of the same expedition, in Newfoundland.
1659 - Charlesbourg founded

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

1832 - The Village of Charlesbourg
is pleasantly and conspicuously situated on a rising ground of considerable eminence about 4 files...Read MORE...

CHARLESBOURG, the chief town of the county of Quebec, situated in rear of Beauport, 4 miles from...Read MORE...

News  1889 - The Hidden Treasure
Quebec, May 4. - Another complication has risen in connection with the supposed hidden treasure on...Read MORE...

Charlesbourg, sharlz'boorg', the capital of the co. of Quebec, province of Quebec, Canada, on the...Read MORE...

Charlesbourg, Qué, Ville, pop 70 310 (2001c), 70 942 (1996c), 70 792 (1991cA), area 66.28 km2, inc...Read MORE...

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