Quebec is a city found in Quebec, Canada. It is located 46.81 latitude and -71.21 longitudes and it is situated at elevation 54 meters above sea level.Quebec has a population of 528,595 making it the 2nd biggest city in Quebec. It operates on the EDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Montreal.Prior to European arrival and subsequent colonization, Algonquian, Iroquoian and Inuit groups inhabited this massive slice of land now called Quebec.
In 1534, the French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, came ashore on the Gaspe Peninsula, and claimed this land for France.Early settlements were unsuccessful, yet very productive fishing results motivated French fishing fleets to repeatedly sail across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1603, Samuel de Champlain, a French navigator and cartographer sailed down the St. Lawrence River. During his follow-up visit in 1608, a fort was built at modern day Quebec City, and the French colonization of North America began.