1500s too soon for poutine

Montreal was not founded until 1642, letter writer notes.

Editor: The caption under the front page photo in the Jan. 31 Times, concerning the preparation of poutine, states in part “the traditional meal, which originated in Montreal in the 1500s.”

This statement is not historically correct, as Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve did not found the settlement of Montreal until May, 1642.

Also, even though Jacques Cartier did make three voyages to Canada, in 1534, 1535 and 1541, and proclaimed the land as belonging to France, no French settlement was established at that time. The first permanent French settlement in Canada was established by Samuel de Champlain in 1608 at Quebec (City).

W. Nicholson,


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