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Nelson's Column, Montreal

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Nelson's Column is a monument erected in 1809 in Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which is dedicated to the memory of Admiral Horatio Nelson, following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. Subsequent to the destruction of Nelson's Pillar in Dublin, Montreal's pillar now stands as the second-oldest "Nelson's Column" in the world, after the Nelson Monument in Glasgow. It is also the city's oldest monument and is the oldest war monument in Canada.
Since neither the French Revolution nor Napoleon had been popular among the French in Montreal, and contrary to later belief, the public funds raised for building the monument were collected from both British and French Montrealers alike.
According to popular memory, Montrealers first became aware of Nelson's death on a snowy New Year's Eve in 1805. As river navigation was closed for the winter, word reached Montreal overland via New York City, when a ball being hosted by Samuel Gerrard was interrupted by a messenger. Gerrard immediately went down to the Exchange Coffee House to publicly relay the news, while proposing that a monument be built to honour both Nelson's memory and his victory over Napoleon's fleet. A number of people subscribed on the spot and a subscription list was left open in the Old Court House, where over the following weeks further names were added.
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  • This particular Nelson’s Column is fascinating as it was erected much before the one in Trafalgar Square in London. Certainly worth watching and for taking pics.  more »
  • My wife and I spent some time in Montreal whilst on a tour of East Canada. This amazing structure came as a surprize to us. Located very close to City Hall, at the top of Place Jacques Cartier, the...  more »
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  • We love it out here every Wednesday morning
  • A great historic site. Was very exciting as we are big NWC fans and have heard about this before.

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