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(Saint-Joachim-de-Chateauguay)

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Châteauguay, Québec, Canada - Église de Saint-Joachim, est. 1735 1, boul. d’Youville, Châteauguay, QUÉBEC Source: Google maps

Châteauguay is located on the shores of Lake Saint-Louis, 25 minutes from downtown Montreal, via the Mercier Bridge...

The first Frenchman to explore this region was Samuel de Champlain who also drew up the first geographical map of the place at the beginning of the 17th century...

The Châteauguay River crosses the city from south to north. This river takes its source in Chateauguay in the state of New York to flow into Lake Saint-Louis which is in fact a widening of the Saint-Lawrence River...

Among its tourist and heritage attractions, we note the Moulin de l'île Saint-Bernard with its masonry tower. It is one of the oldest windmills in North America, built around 1688...

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Église de Saint-Joachim, est. 1735
1, boul. d’Youville, Châteauguay, QUÉBEC
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Église de Saint-Joachim, est. 1735
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1673 - Seigniory (Chateauguay) Granted in 1673 to Charles Lemoyne, Sieur de Longueuil
On September 29, 1673, the Comte de Frontenac, then governor of New France, granted the seigneury of Châteauguay to Charles Le Moyne, seigneur of Longueuil. Thus begins the colonization of the region.
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In 1683, Charles Le Moyne had a fortified mansion called “le Chasteau” built at the entrance to the seigniory, on Île Saint-Bernard. The first two families live there, accompanied by six other people.

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1735 - Église de Saint-Joachim established at Châteauguay

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In 1765, the Gray Nuns acquired the seigneury. They built a bakery and encouraged the development of agriculture in the region.

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In 1775, the construction of the beautiful Saint-Joachim church, classified as a historical monument of Quebec, began.

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1813 - October 1 - War of 1812 - US army under Wade Hampton crosses frontier south of Montreal and skirmishes with Canadian piquets near Chateauguay

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On October 26, 1813, during the Canadian-American War, the Battle of Châteauguay took place on the banks of the Châteauguay River. The British troops, commanded by Colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry, stopped the American troops there.

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1873
CHATEAUGUAY, a county in the S.W. part of Quebec, rich in agricultural resources. Area 159,840 acres. It is watered by the Chateauguay and English rivers, which also furnish unsurpassed water power privileges. Capital, Ste. Martine. Pop. 16,166.

CHATEAUGUAY, formerly ST. JOACHIM, a post village in Chateauguay co., Que., situated on Chateauguay river, 24 miles S. of Montreal, and 9 miles from Beauharnois. It has 2 churches, 1 convent, 4 stores, and several hotels. Pop. 900.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1890 - Chateauguay
Chateauguay, formerly St Joachim. vil., Quebec, on R. in Chateauguay co., 24 m. S. of Montreal. P. 1000.
The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
1895 - Chateauguay
CHATEAUGTAY, a county in the south-western part of Quebec, rich in agricultural resources. Area 159,840 acres. It is watered by the Chateauguay and English Rivers, and traversed by the Montreal & Champlain Junction Ry., which also furnish unsurpassed water-power privileges. Capital, Ste. Martine. Pop. in 1871, 16,166 in 1891, 13,864.
Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895


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1913 - French-Canadians, At Chateauguay, "Spanked" Americans, Centry Ago
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Chateauguay - to the people of the Dominion that name stands for the valor and patriotism of French-Canadians, for the triumph of the principle of "One people, one flag". On the memorable field of Chateauguay, just a century ago, all doubt as to the devotion of Canadian Frenchmen to the land of their birth was swept away on the tide of victory. To the American, on the contrary, Chateauguay is a synonym for disgraceful defeat. It marked the beginning of the end of the Canadian occupation, the blasting of high hopes that the occupation might remain permanent.

It was just one hundred years ago today, October 25, 1813, that General Wade Hampton, the South Caroline soldier who had distinguished himself in the revolution, arrived at the Chateauguay with his 7,000 men. At that point, on the night of the 25th, he was met by Col. De Salaberry, in command of 300 French-Canadians and a small party of Indians. De Salsberry was there joined by Col.... Read MORE...

Chateauguay
Châteauguay, Qué, City, pop 41 003 (2001c), 41 423 (1996c), 42 262 (1991c), area 35.89 km2. Incorporated in 1912, it later merged (1975) with the town of Châteauguay-Centre (inc 1960) to create the present entity. The city is located on the South Shore of the St Lawrence River at the mouth of the Rivière Châteauguay, about 25 km southwest of MONTRÉAL.
The name is a throwback to the seigneury of Châteauguay granted to Charles LE MOYNE in 1673. The seigneury was first known as "chasteau de Guay," a combination of Le Moyne's fortified manor or chasteau (château), and the name Gué or Guay, of the caretaker. It eventually became today's Châteauguay.

The chateau sat on Île de Saint-Bernard, at the mouth of the river. The island is still topped by a beautiful and elegant masonry tower dating back to the late 1680s. It is a remnant of one of the oldest windmills in North America, which was used originally as a control post and fortification to oversee the entrance to Lac... Read MORE...

Cemeteries
Cimetière du Christ-Roi (Châteauguay)
A large catholic cemetery on the east side of Châteauguay, near the border of the Kahnawake Indian Reserve. It is located on the east side of Rue Elm Sud, north of Boul. St-Francis. (45.377N/ 73.728W) It is associated with the Franciscan Monastery located in Châteauguay Heights.

Cimetière de St-Joachim-de-Châteauguay
The present Catholic cemetery at Châteauguay, located 0.4mi (0.7km) west of the town center bridge. (45.360N/ 73.754W)

Cimetière de St-Joachim-de-Châteauguay (Old)
The Catholic cemetery in 1909 was located on the north side of the St-Joachim parish church in Châteauguay Village. (45.361N/ 73.749W) It is now covered by the parking lot.

Cimetière des Soeurs-Grise (Châteauguay)
A private catholic cemetery located on Île St-Bernard, belonging to the Soeurs de la Charite de l'Hopital de Montreal (Gray Nuns) who own the island.

Seigniory of Châteauguay
A seigniory that was located on the northeast side of the Seigniory of... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Châteauguay and its surroundings:
Parc Joseph-Laberge: This beautiful park is perfect for a leisurely stroll, a family picnic, or even a game of frisbee. It features a large pond, walking paths, and plenty of green space.

Île Saint-Bernard: This island in the Saint Lawrence River is a nature lover's paradise. You can explore the trails, visit the wildlife reserve, and even spot some migratory birds. The Ecomuseum, located on the island, is also worth a visit.

Le Chenail Cultural Centre: Located in an old presbytery, this cultural center hosts art exhibitions, concerts, and various cultural events throughout the year. It's a great place to immerse yourself in local arts and culture.

Châteauguay River: Enjoy a peaceful day by the river. You can go fishing, have a picnic, or simply relax and watch the water flow by. It's a serene spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Centre Culturel Vanier: This cultural center hosts a variety of events, including theatrical performances, concerts, and art... Read MORE...

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