This book tells the fascinating story of Montreal, Canada, from prehistoric time through the 21st century. From the Iroquoian community of Hochelaga to the bustling economic metropolis that Montreal has become, this account describes the social, economic, political, and cultural forces and trends that have driven the city’s development, shedding light on the city's French, British, and American influences. Outlining Montreal's diverse ethnic and cultural origins and its strategic geographical position, this lively account shows how a small missionary colony founded in 1642 developed into a leading economic city and cultural center, the thriving cosmopolitan hub of French-speaking North America.
Covering a saga stretching from the aboriginal settlement of Hochelaga to the 2012 resignation of Mayor G rald Tremblay, this book provides a breezy introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the history of Montreal. Linteau, a history professor at the Universit du Qu bec Montr al who has written several books about the city, originally wrote the book for Montreal's 350th anniversary in 1992. This updated edition marks its first appearance in English. The text moves at a good clip, but anyone seeking deeper, more reflective insights into Montreal's past will want to look elsewhere it falls into the "just the facts, ma'am" school of historical works, and would work well as a textbook. Ideal for readers with a light interest in Montreal's past or tourists looking for more historical context than the average travel guide offers, the book is well-illustrated with historical maps, landscape photos, and drawings from an 18th century aboriginal treaty.