What was Quebec originally called?
The Algonquian people had originally named the area Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”, because the Saint Lawrence River narrows proximate to the promontory of Quebec and its Cape Diamant. Explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a French settlement here in 1608, and adopted the Algonquin name.
What does the word Quebec mean?
Quebec. The name “Quebec” comes from the Algonquin word for “narrow passage” or “strait”. It was first used to describe the narrowing of the St. Lawrence River near what is now the City of Québec. Quebec has had several names throughout its history: Canada, New France, Lower Canada and Canada East.
What part of France did the Québécois come from?
The migrants came from Normandy, Aunis, Perche, Brittany, Paris and Île-de-France, Poitou, Maine, Saintonge, and Anjou, most of those being regions where French was seldom spoken at the time (see article Languages of France).
What is the difference between Québec and Québec?
Distinction with the province
As a result, the province is called le Québec (“in Quebec” = au Québec, “from Quebec” or “of Quebec” = du Québec) while the city remains simply Québec (“in Québec City” = à Québec, “from / of Quebec City” = de Québec).