Video explaining the context of the Great Peace of Montréal
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1701, The Great Peace of Montréal invites you to explore a vast region – northeastern North America – at a time when a unique event was about to take place: a peace treaty was going to be signed between France and over thirty separate First Nations. This was a tremendous feat of diplomacy!

Native delegations gathered in the small town of Montréal in August 1701 to ratify a treaty that had required intense negotiations, particularly over the past year. It had been a very delicate task, and even now, with all the ambassadors gathered in Montréal, the outcome was not yet certain.

Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, has mounted this virtual exhibition as a way of sharing this fascinating, little-known story that unfolded not far from the Museum’s modern-day site. One of the central figures in the story is Louis-Hector de Callière, Governor of Montréal and later of New France.

Have fun!