Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec City Condo Dig Reveals 325-Year-Old Palisade Built to Defend Early Settlers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec City Condo Dig Reveals 325-Year-Old Palisade Built to Defend Early Settlers

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Quebec City discovers 325-year-old palisade

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QUEBEC - In what is being called a major archeological discovery, excavations for a condominium project in Quebec City have uncovered a fortification dating back to 1693.

Preserved in clay for centuries, the 20-metre section was part of a wood palisade built to defend against possible attacks from the English and from Indigenous groups.

Premier Francois Legault, who announced the find at a news conference Tuesday, said it is inspiring to see how Quebec's ancestors worked to protect the colony of New France.

The discovery is "an occasion to highlight our history," he said.

"(We) can't forget that we are a nation that has managed to maintain its place for 400 years."

Legault was joined by two of his cabinet ministers and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume for the announcement. …

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