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The Tercentenary of Quebec City, 1908

In 1908, the City of Quebec celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding.

With many royal guests and dignitaries in attendance, the Tercentenary represented the opportunity for a celebration of the city's turbulent and cosmopolitan history, and the diversity of its peoples.

In some ways, these celebrations resembled the multicultural flamboyance and colour of 2008's 400th anniversary programme, although the dramatic pageants and tableaux captured in early panoramic photographs held as part of the British Library's Colonial Copyright Collection clearly derive from a pre-digital age.

Canadian Copyright Collection number 19811. Champlain receives from Henry IV a Commission to set out for New France. Second Quebec Tercentenary Pageant. Photographer: H.O. Dodge.
Canadian Copyright Collection number 19811. 'Champlain receives from Henry IV a commission to set out for New France.' Photograph of Second Quebec Tercentenary Pageant. Photographer: HO Dodge. Quebec, 1908. © Copyright The British Library Board
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Canadian Copyright Collection number 19813. Monsignor de Laval, Bishop of Quebec, receives Marquis de Tracy Lieutenant-General of New France, in June 1665. Fifth Quebec Tercentenary Pageant.
Canadian Copyright Collection number 19813. 'Monsignor de Laval, Bishop of Quebec, receives Marquis de Tracy Lieutenant-General of New France, in June 1665.' Photograph of Fifth Quebec Tercentenary Pageant. Quebec, 1908. © Copyright The British Library Board
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Introduction: Quebec 2008
Discovery of Canada and Quebec
La Nouvelle France 1608–1763
Siege of Quebec and Seven Years War 1756–63
Lower Canada
Tercentenary 1908
Early 1900s

 
 
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