Quebec City was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, who named the settlement Kébec, after an Algonquin word meaning "place where the river narrows." In 1775, Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold led American troops in an unsuccessful attempt to capture the city. In the nineteenth century, Governor General Lord Dufferin persuaded the city to not demolish the fortifications of Old Quebec – an early example of heritage conservation.
- Did You Know, Old Quebec City, Seven Wonders of Canada (HTML). cbc.ca. Retrieved on 2008-02-12.
- Old Quebec City, Seven Wonders of Canada (HTML). cbc.ca. Retrieved on 2008-02-12.