A Tumultuous History
Three months of heavy bombardments devastated the Lower Town during the siege of Quebec in 1759. But after the English conquest, the Place-Royale once again grew into a hub of activity. The English merchants placed even more importance on trade, particularly the timber trade which was crucial for England. For half a century Quebec City was the largest port in British North America .
The area enjoyed great prosperity until the late 1800s, when the wood trade began to wane as it was replaced by steel. The district suffered as trading declined, and the once affluent area was an impoverished shadow of itself by 1950. In the sixties, restoration by the government began and the Place-Royale was transformed into the popular historic attraction it is today.