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Forges du Saint-Maurice

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First successful industry !

In Mauricie, halfway between Montréal and Québec City, discover the remains of Canada’s first iron industry. The Forges du Saint-Maurice (« St. Maurice Ironworks ») was the first successful ironworking industry in New France.

Enter the Grande Maison to admire the iron and cast iron pieces made at the Forges, then stop at the blast furnace to learn more about this community of artisans who, for 150 years, provided the objects necessary for the development of the colony and its defence. 

Although the forges went through multiple managements, they were unable to turn a profit on their own and owners had to deal with heavy debts. The French colonial state finally took direct control of the forges after the second private company went bankrupt, and managed it until the British arrival in the 1760s.

In 1973 the forges were converted into a national historical site. The plant produced such staple items as pots, pans and stoves.

Why is Forges du Saint-Maurice famous ?

The Compagnie des Forges attempted to use a method called direct ore reduction to turn ore to iron with a high yield. Unfortunately, Francheville and his ironworkers did not have the expertise to properly and consistently utilize these techniques, which were nevertheless working successfully in the British colonies to the south.

In 1973, Forges du Saint-Maurice became a National Historic Park, until that category of national park unit was retired in favour of « National Historic Site ». Archaeological research there continues.

 

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10000 Bd des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC

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