When did French come to Ontario?

How did the French come to Ontario?

In 1610, French explorer Étienne Brûlé became the first European to set foot in what is now Ontario. … French-speaking coureurs de bois and voyageurs travelled the province, whileJesuit missionaries evangelized in Huronia. Antoine Laumet, dit de Lamothe Cadillac arriving in Détroit in 1701 with his men.

What cities in Ontario speak French?

List of francophone communities in Ontario

Municipality Type Percentage of population whose mother tongue is French
Greater Sudbury City 27%
Greenstone Town 27%
Hawkesbury Town 79%
Hearst Town 94%

Why did French settlers come to Canada?

They came in hopes of gaining some social mobility or sheltering themselves from religious persecution by a republican and secular France. For the most part, they settled in Montreal and Quebec City. Among them was Pierre Guerout, a Huguenot who in 1792 was elected to the first Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada.

When did French come to Quebec?

Permanent European settlement of the region began only in 1608, when Samuel de Champlain established a fort at Cape Diamond, the site of present-day Quebec city, then called Stadacona. A half century later the French settlement had a meagre population of some 3,200 people.

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