Opening Session Brings New Perspective on North American History – Thru a French Lens
There are a number of buildings that remain from Quebec’s founding in the 17th Century. These include the Ursaline Convent, and the Church of Notre Dame. St. Louis and St. Anne streets are original spokes of the wheel as early city streets that lead from the original Governor’s residence and fort, once located where the boardwalk is located outside the Chateau Frontenac. Its archaeological remains of foundations still remain and are located as a new museum under the boardwalk and available for viewing (however, the museum is now closed for the season as I tried to go there). Mr. Mendel gave us an overview of the military history for the city as well as a trading history of the city. After the American Revolution, the city became the English Capital of North America. It also became an important port for immigration. For example, in 1847, over 90,000 Irish immigrants arrived in Quebec leaving Ireland during the great potato famine. They came to Quebec as it was the cheapest port to gain entry into North America. Quebec is now the capital of the Quebec province and its economy is very diverse. Overall, it was a great presentation to explain the city to the conference attendees, and a great way to open the conference.
Lonnie Hovey, AIA, FAPT