Sites & cities that bear the name of Saint-Pierre


Today in : Saint Pierre and Miquelon
First trace of activity : 1536 C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Isle Sainct Pierre

Description : Saint-Pierre is the capital of the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada. Saint-Pierre is the more populated of the two communes (municipalities) making up Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Jacques Cartier claimed the islands for France in 1536, after they were discovered by the Portuguese in 1520. At the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763, the islands were turned over to Britain, only to be given back to France in 1816. St. Pierre was an outpost used by Al Capone to transport alcohol from Canada to the United States during Prohibition. Until 1945, there existed a third commune in Saint Pierre and Miquelon: L'Île-aux-Marins. The commune of L'Île-aux-Marins was annexed by the commune of Saint-Pierre in 1945.

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