French Settlement on the South Shore

French Settlement on the South Shore (HMOYU)

Location: Windsor, ON N9A 0A3 Essex County
Country: Canada

N 42° 19.213', W 83° 2.434'

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Front - In English
Windsor is the oldest known site of continuous settlement in Ontario. The government of New France, anxious to increase its presence on the Detroit River, offered land agricultural settlement on the south shore in 1749. That summer families from the lower St. Lawrence River relocated to lots which began about 6.5 km downstream from here. Along with civilians and discharged soldiers from Fort Pontchartrain (Detroit), they formed the community of La Petite Cote. Additional waterfront lots, including this site, were laid out in 1751. These extended from the Huron mission located in the vicinity of the present Ambassador Bridge, to the Ottawa village situated opposite the fort. When the French regime ended in 1760, about 300 settlers were living here.

Reverse - In French
?tablissement fran?ais sur la rive sud. Windsor est le plus ancien site peupl? de fa?on continue en Ontario. Le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-France, direux d'intensifier sa prence sur la rivi?re D?troit, offre, en 1749, des terres pour l'exploitation agricole sur la rive Sud. Pendant l'?t?, des familles du bas Saint Laurent viennent s'intaller sur des parcelles qui commencent ? 6,5 kilom?tres en aval d'ici. Elles forment, avec des civils et des soldats d?mobilis du Fort Pontchartrain (Detroit), la communaut? de La Petite C?te. D'autres parcelles riveraines, dont ce site, sont ?tablies en 1751. Celles-ci s'?tendent de la mission huronne, situ?e aux alentours du pont Ambassador actuel, jusqu'au village outaouais en face du fort. La communaut? comptait environ 300 colons ? la fin du r?gime fran?ais en 1760."
Placed ByThe Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Communications
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 10:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331851 N 4687346
Decimal Degrees42.32021667, -83.04056667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.213', W 83° 2.434'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 12.78" N, 83° 2' 26.04" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 108 Riverfront Trail, Windsor ON N9A 0A3, CA
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