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Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada - Cathédrale de lAssomption 362, rue Bonaventure, Trois-Rivières, QUÉBEC G9A 5J9 Established 1678 Source: Google maps

Trois-Rivieres, Québec, Canada is located on the west shore of the mouth of Rivière Saint-Maurice, midway between Québec City and Montréal.

The fortified settlement built at Samuel de Champlain's request in 1634 replaced the stockade abandoned earlier by the Algonquin, who had likely fled the hostile Iroquois at the turn of the century. The former, who were allies of the French, lived for a long time in or near the small French village, whose major function was to organize the fur trade in the interior. Following the administrative restructuring of New France in 1663, Trois-Rivières became the seat of local government, with a gouverneur, king's lieutenant, major, court of royal jurisdiction and vicar general. This gave the settlement an importance which exceeded that of its size.
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Pronounciation: Twa Riv-ee-aire


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Cathédrale de l'Assomption
362, rue Bonaventure, Trois-Rivières, QUÉBEC G9A 5J9
Established 1678
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362, rue Bonaventure, Trois-Rivières, QUÉBEC G9A 5J9
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Anglican Church (1699)
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Trois-Rivieres, Que. - Wabasso Cotton Mills.
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Trois Rivieres - St. Lawrence Paper Mills, Three Rivers, P.Q.
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Batisse de la Douane, L'Ancienne Demeure des Gouverneurs
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Le Nouveau Sanatorium De Blois (The New Sanatorium)
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Gare du Canadian Pacifique, C.P.R. Station, Three Rivers, Que., 1916
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In 1535, Jacques Cartier, who arrived in these places aboard his ship L'Émerillon, described that the region was frequented by Indians (Algonquin tribes), but it was in 1599 that Dupont-Gravé assigned it the name of Trois -Rivers.
On Levasseur's map, the name "Rivière des Trois-Rivières" appears for the first time in 1601 and it was in 1603 that Samuel de Champlain recommended that a permanent fort be established there.
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1615 - Trois Rivieres existed as fur trading post since 1615...

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1634 - Trois-Rivières founded by Sieur de Laviolette.
The first trading post was established there on July 4, 1634, by Mr. Laviolette, sent by Champlain. Later, quite quickly, Trois-Rivières became the third largest city in New France, after Montreal and Quebec. It was the first industrial city in the country, a quality it retains to this day.
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1634
"The officials finally recognize Trois Rivieres, (Quebec), a trading center, upstream from Fort Kebec at the mouth of the Saint Maurice River, by building a fort in this location. (I)-Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635), to confirm this recognition, built a fort forty miles upriver at Trois Riviers, he says, to check the Free-trading English seamen who had established trade during the French absence. The Fort is intended to ensure French Free-traders deal with Fort Kebec and not the English. Trois Rivieres remains the most popular starting point for exploration. The Company of one Hundred associates, created and controlled by Cardinal Armand Jean de Plessis, Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), granted six arpents of land to the Jesuit. "

1634 - August, 1634 - Samuel de Champlain rebuilds ruins of Québec, enlarges fortifications, builds fort at mouth of St-Maurice; starts another at Trois-Rivieres.

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1650 - Nine Frenchmen are killed at Three Rivers by the Iroquois.


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The small post at Trois-Rivieres suffered a number of attacks... The Iroquois usually arrived by canoe in complete silence. Using harquebuses and tomahawks, they killed Frenchmen who were out hunting game.
On June 6, 1651, Pierre Boucher, in charge of the Trois-Rivieres post, was ordered to create small companies of militia.
History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.
1652
"Ninety miles beyond, still upstream, there flows into this King of Rivers, which at its mouth is 60 miles in width, and here more than a mile and a half, with both flow and ebb of the tide, although more than 400 miles distance from the sea. There flows into it, I say, attributer which we call the Three Rivers, because it issues as if by three mouths, by reason of two Islands, which divide it into three streams. At this place is the second fort of the French on the River Saint Lawrence, and a second colony of theirs, and, during a certain time of the year, of Algonquin Barbarians. "

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1666 Census - Trois Rivieres was a small port with a population of 455, including that of adjoining settlements.
The governor in charge of the local administration was Pierre Boucher, already mentioned as a delegate to France in 1661. The Jesuits had a residence there and a chapel which was the only place of public worship, for the colonists had not as yet the means to erect a parish church... Among the important families of Three Rivers were those of Godefroy, Hertel, Le Neuf, Crevier, Boucher, Poulin, Volant, Lemaitre, Rivard, and Ameau. Michel Le Neuf du Herisson was juge royal, and Severin Ameau was notary and registrar of the court.
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1668 - Prohibited from selling liquor to Indians
The End of February 1668. Petition presented to the Supreme Council by a number of the inhabitants of Three-Rivers, of Cap de la Madeleine, and of Champlain in which they allege that notwithstanding the prohibition to sell intoxicating liquor to the Indians, many people continue to do so : the petitioners therefore ask that this prohibition be repeated 'and that people be prevented from bringing merchandize into the woods.

Sessional Papers: Volume 24, Issue 2
Quebec Province Legislature
January 1, 1890
1678 - Cathédrale de l’Assomption (Paroisse Immaculée-Conception) established at Trois-Rivières

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1678 - Église de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine established at Trois-Rivières

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1698 - October 14 - New France census shows: 211 houses in Trois-Rivières,

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In 1730, the iron works, des Forges du Saint-Maurice, were started. With this, Trois-Rivières became Canada's first industrial area.

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1745 - June 20: The French settlement at Three Rivers, P.E.I., is destroyed by the English.

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1769 - November 6 - Trois-Rivieres governor Pierre Boucher returns from La Rochelle, France,
on two ships, with 100 soldiers, 300 new settlers, supplies, and a commitment of support to New France from Louis XIV.

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Foreign troops attacked it twice, the British first and the Americans later. The latter were beaten at the gates of the city in 1776.

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In 1792, Trois-Rivières became the seat of a judicial district and in 1852, the seat of a bishopric.

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1822 - Prison is built in Trois-Rivières
It was designed by architect François Baillairgé.
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1832 - Église de la Visitation-de-la-Sainte-Vierge established at Trois-Rivières

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1842 - EARTHQUAKE
From the Quebec Mercury of Nov. 10 -

The Canadien of last evening gives the following account of the recent shock from an earthquake, received in a letter from Three Rivers.

'This morning, about 10 o'clock, we experienced a violent shock of an earthquake. I was present at a marriage, (we omit the names of the parties) and the grand vicair. Mr. Cook, had reached the Angus Dei, when on a sudden a sound was heard resembling the rolling of a cart over hard frozen ground; this noise continued perhaps four seconds, and was followed by an explosion resembling that of a twenty-four pounder; the trembling of the earth then commenced shaking the walls of the church, and making its arched roof crack in a fearful and surprising manner. I thought the building, which was crowded with people, would have crumbled over our heads. The scene which ensued baffles description; the piercing lamentations of the females, and cries of terror of the men, with the piteous, despairing, shrieks of the... Read MORE...

1859
THREE-RIVERS, a town of Lower Canada, situated on the NW side of the river St. Maurice, at its confluence with the St. Lawrence, 90 m. from Quebec. It derives its name from the entrance into the former river being here separated by two island lying in its mouth, into three channels. The town stands on a light and sandy soil, which extends also over the environs, Towards the St. Maurice the ground rises considerable, but in the opposite direction it sinks almost to a level with the river. The principal public buildings are the Ursuline convent, the Protestant and Catholic churches, the courthouse, jail, and barracks. The major part of the private dwelling-houses are built of wood, the oldest of them only one story high, having small gardens about them; those of more recent date are in a better style. The trade carried on here is chiefly in British manufactured goods, which from hence are distributed through the middle district of the province. The exports consist of wheat, timber, and... Read MORE...

1873
THREE RIVERS, a city of Quebec, capital of the co. of St. Maurice, at the confluence of the Rivers St. Maurice and St. Lawrence, and on the line of the proposed North Shore railway, 90 miles from Quebec, 90 miles from Montreal. It is one of the oldest towns in the province, having been founded in 1613, and was for a long time stationary as regarded enterprise and improvement; but of late years it has become a most prosperous place, a change produced principally by the extensive trade in lumber which is carried on on the St. Maurice and its tributaries, and also by increased energy in the manufacture of iron wares, for which the S . Maurice forges, about 3 miles distant from the town, have always been celebrated in Canada. Three Rivers is the residence of a Roman Catholic Bishop, whose diocese bears the same name, and contains a Roman Catholic Cathedral, a parish church, a church of England, a Scotch kirk, and a Wesleyan chapel, an Ursuline convent with a school attached, a college,... Read MORE...

1882-84 - Three Rivers
Three Rivers dates far back in the history of French colonization in Canada. On one of the islands at the mouth of the noble tributary which here enters the St. Lawrence. Cartier, in 1534, planted a cross in the name of the King of France. In 1599 Pontgrave gave it the name of Riviere des Trois Rivieres, from the appearance which two of the islands give it of being three separate streams; Cartier had christened it Riviere de Foie, from the Breton family of that name. Champlain and Pontgrave ascended it as far as the first rapids, and a little later Champlain made the mouth of the stream a rendezvous for the Hurons who joined him in his expedition against the Iroquois, the river being the highway of the tribes who came from the interior to barter furs with the French traders, having been driven away from the St. Lawrence by the Iroquois. Traces of an old Algonquin stockade that stood where the upper town is now, and was destroyed before Champlain's time, were found when the boulevard... Read MORE...

1885 - Canadian Towns which are Infected
The State Board of Health of Maine announces, that besides Montreal and its suburbs, the following named places in the Province of Quebec are affected with small-pox; Batiscan, Oct. 22, 7 families; Bersenels, below Tadousac, Nov 6, 4 families; Cap St. Ignace, Oct. 29, 50 cases, Chambly, Oct 27, 2 cases; Grondines, Oct. 18, several deaths; Lachine, Nov. 4, another new case, Laprairie, Oct. 22, 1 child died and 3 sick, L'Islet, Oct. 29, 6 cases; Longueuil, Nov. 3, 7 cases, have been 20 in all, Lorette, Oct 28, six cases; Maissonneuve, Oct. 31; Mascouche, Oct 31; Montmagny, Oct 29, one case; Ottawa, Nov. 6, several cases; Pointe aux Trembles, Port Neuf, Oct. 29, six cases, Riviere du Loup, Oct 23 ten cases, Rimouski, Oct, 21, 8 cases, St Francis, Temisconata Co, Nov 7, 7 cases, St Joseph de Levis, Oct 31, St. Lambert, Nov 3, 1 case, St. I in, Nov. 5; St. Martin, Oct 27 2 houses, St. Michel, Oct. 27, 4 deaths recently, St. Paschal, Oct 23 3 cases; St. Remi, Oct 27, 2 houses, St Roch, Nov. ... Read MORE...

1890 - CLERICAL INTERFERENCE.
Complaints to be Made to Rome About the Conduct of Mgr. Lafleche.

QUEBEC, July 5. - LeCanadian says complaints are to be made to Rome against Mgr. Lafleche, Bishop of Three Rivers, who is accused of meddling in politics; and that the elections for Three Rivers, Champlain and Maskinonge are to be contested on grounds of undue clerical influence. It also says Mgr. Guay, a priest in Rimouski, is to be cited before his diocesan for interfering in politics.
The Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
July 5, 1890
1895 - Three Rivers / Trois-Rivières
Three Rivers, or Trois Rivières, a city of Quebec, capital of the co. of St. Maurice, at the confluence of the rivers St. Maurice and St. Lawrence, and on the North Shore Railway, at the junction of the Three Rivers Branch of the Grand Trunk Railway, 90 miles from Quebec, and 90 miles from Montreal. It is one of the old est towns in the province, having been founded in 1618, and of late has become a prosperous place, principally owing to the extensive trade in lumber which is carried on on the St. Maurice and its tributaries, and also by an in crease in the manufacture of iron-wares, for which the St. Maurice forges, about 3 miles distant from the town, are celebrated. Three Rivers is the residence of a Roman Catholic bishop, and contains a cathedral, a parish church, a church of England, a Scotch kirk, a Wesleyan chapel, an Ursuline convent, a college, an English academy and several other schools, 2 branch banks, 2 printing-offices issuing weekly newspapers, and a number of stores.... Read MORE...


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1906
Three Rivers, or Trois Rivieres, a city and port of entry of Quebec, capital of the co. of St. Maurice, at the confluence of the rivers St. Maurice and St. Lawrence, and on the Canadian Pacific and Grand Trunk Rs., 95 miles NE. of Montreal. It is one of the oldest towns in the province, having been founded in 1634. The city has important lumbering-industries, foundries and machine-shops, and manufactures of iron pipe, axes and tools, boots and shoes, paper, burial caskets, etc. It is the residence of a Roman Catholic bishop, and contains a cathedral and other Roman Catholic institutions, a college, academy, etc. New by are the picturesque Shawanegan Falls. Pop. in 1901, 9981.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1908 - FIRE RAKES A CANADIAN TOWN - Million Dollars' Damage Done In Three Rivers, Quebec.
OTHER CITIES AIDED

But Flames Are Not Stayed Before the Whole Business Section Has Been Paralyzed.

THREE RIVERS, Que., June 23. - Fanned by a high wind a fire which broke out shortly before noon Monday in a stable did not pause in its work of destruction until the greater part of the lower town containing the business section of the city, had been consumed. Then with the assistance of firemen summoned by special trains from Montreal, Quebec, Sherbrooke and Grande Mere, it was held in check. Almost every building of an consequence in that section of the city was destroyed, including the postoffice, the City Hall, every hotel worthy of the name with one exception, the fine building of the Hochelaga Bank and almost all of the leading stores. Over three hundred buildings were burned.

The narrow streets of the town and the inflammable nature of many of the buildings in the path of the fire, rendered the task of the firemen an almost impossible one. Outside the town is located the... Read MORE...

1918 - Église de la Sainte-Famille established at Trois-Rivières

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1967 - January 14, 1967 - Catholic elementary and secondary teachers strike, closing hundreds of schools in Montréal and Trois-Rivieres; ends Feb. 17 when Québec passes Bill 25.

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2001 - New city is formed
On July 4, 2001 (the city's anniversary), the Quebec government decreed the merger of the cities of Trois-Rivières, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Trois-Rivières-Ouest, Pointe-du-Lac, Saint-Louis- of France and Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap. A new entity of 125,000 inhabitants was thus formed. Today, it is a new city, with the foundations of a solid past and turned towards a brilliant future.
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2023 - Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada is a vibrant city with plenty to offer. Here's a list of places to visit and things to do:
Boréalis - Start your trip by exploring the history of Trois-Rivières' paper industry at this fascinating museum. Learn about the town's industrial heritage through interactive exhibits.

Old Trois-Rivières - Take a stroll through the historic district, where you'll find charming streets, centuries-old buildings, and plenty of opportunities for photos.

Musée québécois de culture populaire - This museum showcases the pop culture of Quebec. You can discover everything from traditional music to contemporary art.

La Vieille Prison de Trois-Rivières - Experience what life was like behind bars by visiting this former prison turned museum. It's an eye-opening look at the history of incarceration in Quebec.

Promenade Champlain - Enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic boardwalk that runs alongside the St. Lawrence River. It's perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

Cathédrale de l'Assomption - Visit this stunning cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Its interior is ... Read MORE...


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