Timeline of Quebec history (1608–62)

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This section of the Timeline of Quebec history concerns the events between the foundation of Quebec and establishment of the Sovereign Council.









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Charles de Montmagny

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Gabriel Lalemant

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Société Notre-Dame de Montréal

The Société Notre-Dame de Montréal, otherwise known as the Société de Notre-Dame de Montréal pour la conversion des Sauvages de la Nouvelle-France, was a religious organisation responsible for founding Ville-Marie, the original name for the settlement that would later become Montreal. The original founders of the organization were Jérôme le Royer de la Dauversière, Jean-Jacques Olier and Pierre Chevrier. They were later joined by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance. The organization's mission was to convert the Indigenous population to Christianity and found a Christian settlement, which would be later known as Ville-Marie.

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    Preceded by
    1534 to 1607
    Timeline of Quebec history
    1608 to 1662
    Succeeded by
    1663 to 1759