Fact du jour – This day in history

On June 3, 1778, Fleury Mesplet founded La Gazette du commerce et littéraire. It was the first entirely French-language newspaper in Canada. The paper was shut down in 1779, when Mesplet and the editor, Valentin Jautard, were imprisoned for their participation in the American Revolution. Mesplet began a second weekly, The Montreal Gazette / La Gazette de Montréal, on August 25, 1785, which had a dual French-English bilingual format. It was converted into an English-only newspaper in 1822 by Thomas Andrew Turned. The Montreal Gazette is the only English daily newspaper published in Montreal today.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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4 Responses to Fact du jour – This day in history

  1. jean paul belanger says:

    Dont know how you do it! Thanks

  2. jean paul belanger says:

    Can you help me find some info on my mother’s side? I have a complete genealogy on my father’s side but can’t get any info. Thank you

  3. jean paul belanger says:

    Thank you very much madame. I will look it up.
    Jean Paul

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