A hundred years later, in 1642, the tiny town of Ville-Marie was founded as a Sulpician mission by Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve. After its capture by the English in 1762, Montreal remained (until the 1970s) the most important city in Canada and was briefly capital of the province in the 1840s.
The World's Fair in Montreal brought a subway system and a number of attractive urban parks and is considered to be one of the most successful World Fairs.
Over 50 million visitors gathered to Montreal during this memorable summer.
The 1976 Olympics left a strikingly idiosyncratic stadium and many other urban improvements.
The opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, though much lauded as an economic boom, spelled the beginning of the end for Montreal's economic dominance in Canada.
Montreal  (French: Montréal) is the metropolis of the province of Quebec.
Quebec City is the political capital but Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province.The second largest city in Canada, it is a city rich in culture and history and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America.Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, behind Paris.The population of Montreal is about 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area.Montreal is sometimes referred to as The Paris of Canada. The most important one in central Montreal for visitors is Ville-Marie, which is further subdivided into neighbourhoods.From West to East, some of its neighbourhoods include: Situated on an island in the St.