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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Ville)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. Trois-Rivieres is a city in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada, located along the densely populated Quebec City-Windsor Corridor at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence rivers. It was created in 2002 from the amalgamation of six towns and municipalities.
Trois-Rivieres is the centre and capital of the Mauricie region. It lies at the halfway point between Montreal and Quebec City, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River across from the city of Becancour. Its location at the three-pronged mouth of the Saint-Maurice River is the source of its name, which is French for three rivers. The anglicized name still appears in many areas of the town, bearing witness to the influence of English settlers in the town. The city's inhabitants are known as Trifluviens. Trois-Rivieres has been a world capital of the pulp and paper industry since the 1930. The city's other prominent industries include metal transformation, electronics, thermoplastics, as well as the production of food crops and cabinetmaking. An industrial park adjoining Trois-Rivieres Airport also serves as a major centre for the aeronautical industry.
For a long time, the area that would later become known as Trois-Rivieres was frequented by Algonquins who used it as a summer stopping place. The French explorer Jacques Cartier described the site while on his second journey to the New World in 1535. The name Trois-Rivieres, however, was only given in 1599, by a certain Captain Dupont-Grave. In 1603, while surveying the Saint-Lawrence River, Samuel de Champlain recommended establishing a permanent settlement in the area, which was finally done on July 4, 1634 by the Sieur of Laviolette.
The city was second to be founded in New France and played an important role in the colony and in the fur trade, thanks to its strategic location. The settlement became the seat of a regional government in 1665. Ursuline nuns first arrived at the settlement in 1697, establishing the first school and helping local missionnaries to Christianize the local Aboriginals and Metis. Historically, Trois-Rivieres was sometimes referred to in English as Three Rivers. Although in modern times it is always referred to as Trois-Rivieres in both English and French.
Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Trois-Rivieres enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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