History of Saint-pierre and Miquelon
There was no large population on the island. Saint Pierre and Miquelon was discovered on 21st October 1520, by Portuguese Joao Alva's Fagundes. The artifact belongings to the people may be found on the island. The island's original name was "Island of the 11 Thousand Virgins". This day was marked as the feast of St Ursula & her Virgins companion. The island was not permanently settled on till end of the 17th century. The island was made by French possession in 1536 by Jacques Courtier on behalf of the king of France. There were only 4 people counted in 1670 and 22 in 1691. In 1960 Geon Talon, a French officer acquired the island and a dozen French men camped there. The British war ship began to haloes French, robbed the place with open violence. By 17 hundred the place again became a UN populated and was given to the British.
French shore, Newfoundland was rich in fish, so French fisherman preferred to visit this region provides them with greater possibilities for food and other facilities. Under the term of the Treaty of Paris, France acquired all its north possession, but Saint Pierre and Miquelon were returned to France. There was a significant rise in business and population.
Britain occupied the colony in 1778 and entire population of 2000 was sent back to France. By 1780, 1000 or 1500 people lived on the island and the population increased during fishing session. The British expelled France population and tried to install British settlers. But France troops overcame them and the Treaty of Amiens returned the island to France. The island was resettled in 1816 and the settlers were mostly Basque, Bretons and Normans. Around middle century increase in fishing brought prosperity in the colony. During 1910, a large number of people left the place as colony suffered severely for unprofitable fishing.
Geography of Saint-pierre and Miquelon
Saint Pierre and Miquelon is composed of eight islands, 242 Sq.Km. It is located in the heart of the Grand banks. The islands are bare and rocky. Saint Perrier is a small island 26 sq.km and it is most popular and commercial administrative center of the archipelago.
Miquelon-Langlade is the largest island composed of two islands Miquelon & Langlade. Miquelon Island is connected to the Langland Island by long Sandy isthmus. The water between Langland and Saint Pierre were called "the Mouth of Hell". Miquelon Island was an island with habitations, but Langland Island was almost deserted.
Climate of Saint-pierre and Miquelon
The islands have cold, humid, Continental climate under the influence of polar air masses and the cold Labrador Current. The island usually has very cold winters and short cool to mild summers. The February mean is just below -3°C. The climate classification in the island is difficult, so both subarctic and continental climate can be applied. The average temperature is 5.3°C. The warmest month is August 15.7°C and the coldest month is February -3.6°C precipitation abundant and regular falling as snow and rain. The archipelago has crossed hundred days a year by a fog bank. There are two other climates extremely variable wind and haze during the spring.
Natural Resources in Saint-pierre and Miquelon
Except for the same kind of trees and scrub and volcanic soil the whole island is barren. The stone pillars off island coast "Lane's aux Solvate" disappoint in 1970s. Trilobite fossils have been found on Langland, the hills had been unmoved for long ago.
Tourist Attraction in Saint-pierre and Miquelon
The Island offers a great amount joy to the visitors. The clean air, favorable climate, friendly people and Gallic pleasure attract tourists from America and Canada. The capital city of the country is Saint-Pierre. It presents a wide collection of attractions worth visiting. The Saint-Pierre Cathedral is featured with stained-glass windows. They were a gift from General Charles de Gaulle. The famous tourist Places are:
- The court of Vai Alai
- He aux Marines
- Jezequel House
- The territorial government complex
- The Point aux Canons Lighthouse
Famous Hotels in Saint-pierre and Miquelon
- Nerits Saint-Pierre
- Auvergne Saint Pierre
- Hotels Jacques Cartier
- Hotel Robert
- Persian Bernard Dodeman
Cuisines of Saint-pierre and Miquelon
The islands offer a window on the culinary arts of the many regions of France and of course the freshest ingredients available in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. The islands offer true French cuisine. The local food is seafood, snow crab, lobster, mussels etc.
Culture of Saint-pierre and Miquelon
The inhabitants of the country speak French. The customs and traditions of the country are similar to France. Most of the inhabitants of the country are from France.
- Miquelon Airport
- Saint-Pierre Airport
There are also around a dozen domestic airports with flights to Kabul or Herat.
Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015