Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve

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Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve (February 15, 1612 – September 9, 1676) was a French military officer and the founder of Montreal. Maisonneuve was born into the aristocracy in Neuville-sur-Vannes in Champagne, France. He joined the military at the age of 13 and had a successful career in which he was noted for his ability and his honesty. He was hired by Jérome le Royer de la Dauversiere, a Jesuit who was head of the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal. Based on a vision experienced by Royer de la Dauversiere, the society was attempting to build a mission on Montreal Island in New France. Maisonneuve was hired to lead the colonists and ensure their safety. In 1642 Ville-Marie was founded on the southern shore of Montreal island, where a chapel and a small settlement were built. A hospital under the command of Jeanne Mance was also established. Maisonneuve was the first governor of Montreal. They maintained peaceful relations with the Algonquins and the first year of the colony's existence was peaceful. In 1643 a flood threatened the city, Maisonneuve prayed to the Virgin Mary to stop the inundation and when it abated he erected a cross atop Mount Royal, where a cross remains to  ( Wikipedia article )


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