Cities Founded by the French in North America

Can you name the six most populous cities in North America that were originally founded as French settlements?
By city proper population
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Last updated: September 29, 2018
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Population
City
1,705,000
Montreal
987,000
Port-au-Prince
670,000
Detroit
532,000
Quebec
390,000
New Orleans
301,000
Saint Louis
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Level ∞
Jun 7, 2017
The next biggest ones: Cap-Haïtien, Baton Rouge, Windsor, Mobile, Trois-Rivières, Kingston (Ontario), and Green Bay.
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Level 71
Jun 8, 2017
Not Des Moines? I would have thought Des Moines over Green Bay
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2017
I don't think Des Moines was founded by the French.
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Level 69
Sep 16, 2017
With a name like Des Moines it HAS to be founded by the French. 'Of the monks' - it is meaningless in any other language!
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Level 64
Sep 16, 2017
No, it says that Des Moines was incorporated in 1846, long after the French left. It was an Indian fort named after the river, which was coincidentally named by the French).
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Level 73
Sep 16, 2017
I thought for sure Windsor would make the list.
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Level 63
Sep 19, 2017
Windsor is named after the British Royal family's name.
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Level 56
Sep 18, 2017
Tried Baton Rouge, Mobile, and Green Bay! Got them all in the end though. Great quiz
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Level 45
Aug 6, 2018
I grew up in Kingston, Ontario- there's still a little piece of the original French fort's wall to ogle at! But for the most part, the city's heritage is English/British Isles. By the 19th century, the French influence that founded the place was all but gone. All the other old landmarks we have are from the British-ruled days (ESPECIALLY Fort Henry. That one's indisputably British. Had a summer job as an interpreter there... red coats, "British grenadiers" for our march, "Built by the British empire after the war of 1812". etc.)
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Level 57
Jun 9, 2017
Quebec is not a city
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Level 63
Jun 9, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_City Quebec City is a city in the province of Quebec and is the provincial capital as well. It is the 7th largest city in Canada.
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Level 71
Jun 13, 2017
As a Quebecer, I can confirm there is indeed a city called Quebec in the province of the same name in Canada. It's the provincial capital and they have a fantastic winter festival, which I attended for the first time last February. Amazing restaurants and museums too ;)
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Level 64
Sep 16, 2017
You forgot to mention the Citadel and the Chateau Frontenac!
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Level 40
Sep 16, 2017
Is that the noun you use? Quebecer? I hadn't heard that before.
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Level 68
Sep 17, 2017
Yes Quebecer is correct. Québécois/e in French. Québec is beautiful, peaceful, active and the cradle of French civilization in North America. Also a great place for alternative, progressive or hard rock and metal. Ask Metallica. For a mix of the band + Québec city, take a look : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rFZpZ2QPyw
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Level 45
Aug 6, 2018
My Dad was born in Quebec city! We're not a Quebecois family, but Grandpa was stationed there in the army when Dad came along...
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Level 85
Jun 12, 2017
Source? I'm curious to see what other cities are on the list, even if they're smaller populations than the cutoff.
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Level ∞
Jun 20, 2017
Original research by looking at a list of biggest cities in the United States, Canada, and Haiti and then referencing Wikipedia.
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Level 77
Jul 18, 2017
when did Haiti become a part of North America? it is a Caribbean island nation not part of a continental mass. otherwise great idea for a quiz!
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2017
Found the nitpicker. Technically Haiti is not part of a single landmass, but it is still a part of North America in the American Continent.
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Level 78
Sep 16, 2017
There is no "American Continent". There is the continent of North America and the continent of South America. When I was in school the islands weren't considered part of any continent and some sources still say that, but on this site they are included as part of the North American continent. (So is Hawaii, but the reason is politically, not geographically.)
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Level 79
Sep 16, 2017
Continents traditionally include islands. Do you believe that Japan is not in Asia? That the UK is not in Europe? That Madagascar is not part of Africa?
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2017
Australia is not part of Australia, 'cuz Australia is an island.
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Level 73
Aug 16, 2017
Nice quiz but if you use city proper population, you forgot Laval, which is over 400,000
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2017
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Level 73
Sep 18, 2017
+2 Also, more recent data seems to give slightly higher numbers for Montréal and Québec at 1,942,042 and 585,485. (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_des_municipalit%C3%A9s_du_Qu%C3%A9bec_par_population)
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Level 49
Sep 16, 2017
What about Laval? Or is it considered part of Montreal?
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2017
It says city proper. Which puts Laval in the middle of this list.
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Level 44
May 17, 2018
Laval has not been founded by the French (from France), but by French-canadians... Probably why it's not on that list.
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Level 79
Sep 16, 2017
Surprised I got all six with my first six tries.
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Level 44
Sep 16, 2017
Dang... missed Saint Louis.
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2018
Oh, North America! I thought it was US only. >_<
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Level 70
Mar 19, 2019
I thought that Louisville would be somewhere on this list. I now know that I am wrong. It turns out that it was named for King Louis by Americans in recognition of the French role in the American revolution, not by the French themselves.