The small story of a great event


On June 19, 2015, Montréalers celebrated the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Carignan-Salières Regiment in New France. On that anniversary day, to mark this historic event from the beginning of the country’s history, it was officially designated a part of our cultural heritage. At a ceremony which took place at Château Ramezay, filiation certificates were awarded to 40 descendants of the soldiers of the regiment—one of whom is none other than the mayor of Montréal!

The Carignan-Salières Regiment (around 1100 men) was sent by Louis XIV, the king of France, with orders to defend the colony against attacks from the Iroquois and pacify the St. Lawrence River valley. When peace was established, in 1667, the king offered land to soldiers and officers who wished to settle there. Around 400 of them remained.

The work of two renowned genealogists, Marcel Fournier and Michel Langlois, made it possible to trace 285 officers and men who decided to settle here at that time—with many being married later to the Filles du Roi. Their decision was an important factor in the development of New France and, of course, in the history of Montréal.

As the storyteller Fred Pellerin says, History with a capital H is written with a series of small stories in dotted o1utlines—and we must colour them in!