When someone high up in government panders to a people and the Catholic Church alike to celebrate a non- event then history is turned on its head to appease those who want it censored and made to look as if the non-event as something great that has been achieved.
So, let us begin with the exploration of North America by the French. The first to begin a French Settlement in North America was Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons, who was a Protestant born in Royan, France, but that would be anathema to the Roman Catholic Church in Kebec, because it has always looked down on the Protestants. Do not forget that the Catholic Church in France was instrumental in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of French Protestants (Huguenots) and Catherine di Medici who was regent was in league with the Pope on that venture.
To try to understand how in 1603 a French Protestant was able to get a grant from King Henri IV of France to colonize territory in North America for France, who became Lieutenant General of l'Acadie, or as it is known in English ACADIA, to which he brought French settlers, was because of the Treaty of Nantes, whereby Huguenots in France were granted total equality by Henri de Navarre a Protestant who converted to Catholicism and became King Henri V of France.
When Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons expedition left France in 1604, he brought with him 74 French colonists, along with Samuel de Champlain, a Catholic priest named Nicolas Aubry, and a black named Mathieu de Costa who was a multilingual and a Protestant clergyman. It turns out that Mathieu de Costa was the first black to ever set foot on North American soil.
In 1604 The Dugua expedition entered the Bay of Fundy, and the French settlers began their first colony on Ile St-Croix. But, the their first winter on Ile St-Croix brought with it suffering and disease, and they had to pull up stakes and move to a new location in 1605 at Port- Royal where conditions were much more amenable. And thus began the first French colony in North America founded by a French Protestant Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons in what is today Ste-Croix, Maine in the USA.
But in France the pressure was on to remove Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons, because of his Protestant religion, and thus his grant was revoked, the colony was abandoned, and Dugua had to return to France. Thus when Canadian Prime Minister opened the celebration of Kebec City's 400-year anniversary as being the first French Settlement in North America in 2008m it was a deliberate HOAX, because it was Ile ST- Croix to which that honour rightly belonged.
But, I would like to extend a bit more on the history of Acadia, which then formed part of Nova Scotia. The deportation of the Acadians came only after the French priest Abbe Louis le Loutre an agent provocateur working on behalf of France was urging the Acadians to attack the British from the rear. But Abbe Le Loutre was captured and sent to the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands where he died. But the real reason as to why the Acadians were deported was they refused to take an Oath of Allegiance to King George III, Benjamin Franklin was aware of what was happening in Acadia and warned the British about the northern menace, as the Acadians were considered and got the governor of province of Massachusetts to send in the Massachusetts Militia, who wore Red uniforms to begin the deportation of the Acadians. Remember that no British soldiers were involved in the deportation of the Acadians, who were then a mixture of French and M'igmag Indian by blood then, and who to this very day still called themselves Acadians, because they are ashamed of their Amerindian roots.
So, once again the truths of history re-surface and expose all the falsehoods that have been passed off as genuine history, when they are nothing more than blatant lies.
Kenneth T. Tellis