Carving Out a Nation
Presented November 19, 2014 to November 20, 2015 - Extended to March 12, 2017
Produced in collaboration with historian and archivist Michel Langlois, the exhibition traces the lives of officers and soldiers from the Carignan-Salières regiment and De Tracy's troops as they set out to carve a nation. Follow them on this great human adventure that marked not only Québec’s place names but also its patronyms and its people. Why did they come? What did they achieve? How were they equipped to face the Iroquois, not to mention Québec’s winters? Learn the answers to these questions and find out whether you are a descendant of one of these soldiers, by consulting our genealogical database.
The Carignan-Salières Regiment
The arrival of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, accompanied by De Tracy’s companies, marks an important moment in Canadian history. In 1665, 1300 soldiers landed in the small colony of barely 3000 inhabitants to establish peace with the Iroquois who were terrorizing the colonists. But this was not their sole aim: Louis XIV hoped the soldiers would settle in New France. Indeed, some 400 elected to stay, thereby saving the colony and becoming the forefathers of thousands of Quebecers and other North Americans.
A whole year of festivities and commemorations
More than 20 Québec municipalities owe their names to soldiers in the Carignan-Salières Regiment. In 2015 and 2016, activities were offered across the province to highlight their role in Québec’s history. This event was also celebrated in France, the homeland of the soldiers who came to protect the colony and further its development. Follow our Facebook page on the 350th anniversary as well as our website for the latest news and the complete program of the festivities.
Few books feature the Carignan-Salières Regiment. As part of this anniversary, Marcel Fournier and Michel Langlois have written a concise book that assembles the most up-to-date historical and genealogical facts about the Regiment and De Tracy’s troops. It is the perfect reference book for anyone interested in Québec genealogy or history, published by Éditions Histoire-Québec.
Was your ancestor part of the Carignan-Salières regiment or the De Tracy's companies?
Click here to find out on the directory of all military officers and soldiers of the Regiments.
1812: Objects to Discover
The Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites you to explore a little-known side of Canadian history. As part of cross-Canada commemorations of the War of 1812, the Museum has produced three web capsules based on items in its collection linked to people and events that marked this decisive event.
The first capsule, on Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, gives the Canadian angle, outlining the rise of the hero of Châteauguay and his august family through objects once in their possession. Artifacts related to the Duke of Kent, a dear friend of Salaberry, and the works of painter and miniaturist Anson Dickinson are also displayed.
The second capsule, on the British angle, focuses on Sir George Prevost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America. The works of influential artists of the period, such as Jean-Baptiste Roy-Audy, and certain military objects, give a better understanding of the British Colony’s defence in the face of an American invasion.
The third capsule, highlighting the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, examines the War of 1812 from the First Nations’ standpoint. The work of artists and illustrators such as Huron painter Zachary Vincent and American artist George Catlin, and key artefacts such as the dagger used by Tecumseh, one of the heroes of 1812, tangibly illustrate the Amerindian side of the question.
This project was made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage. The videos are now available on both our YouTube site and our Internet site.The script was produced by Isabelle Trudeau, with the assistance of military history expert Luc Lépine.
Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator
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