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FRENCH CEMETERY (JACQUES-CARTIER PARK)



Description

This cross and the locale of its placement mark the original landfall of Jacques Cartier and his three ships in 1535. He explored the island, naming it «Isle-aux-Coudres» because of the quality and abundance of the fruit of the «coudriers», a small hazelnut tree. His two priests celebrated the first mass in Canada. In memory of this, Heritage Canada set up a cross on the chemin des Coudriers: it’s the monument Jacques Cartier.



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