Timeline of Quebec history (beginnings–1533)
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This section of the Timeline of Quebec history concerns events up to 1533.
- Paleo-Amerindians, whose presence in Quebec can be traced back 10,000 years, preceded the Algonquian and Iroquoian aboriginal peoples, with whom the Europeans first made contact in the 16th century.
- Some 8,500 years ago, the south of Quebec became habitable when the temperature warmed up on this part of the Earth. The first peoples began to immigrate on what is today the territory of Quebec. They were the ancestors of today's Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples.
- 1492 - For the Queen of Castile (later, Spain), Christopher Columbus crosses the Atlantic ocean.
- 1497 - John Cabot reaches the island of Newfoundland, which he claims for England. Jacques Cartier is born on Dec. 31st 1491.
- 1524 - Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine in the service of the King Francis I of France explores the East coast of America from Florida to Newfoundland.
- 1525 to 1530 - Basque fishermen and whalers regularly sail in the St. Lawrence estuary and the Saguenay River.
|Timeline of Quebec history
Beginnings to 1533
1534 to 1607