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By 1685 Ville Marie was home to some 600 colonists, most of them living in modest wooden houses.
To encourage French settlement, they wanted the Mohawk to move away from the fur trading post at Ville Marie.
They had a mission village, known as Kahnewake, south of the St Lawrence River.
Ville Marie became a centre for the fur trade and a base for further exploration.
By the early 18th century, the Sulpician Order was established there.