Setting sail from Montréal as crew members on Pierre Lemoyne d’Iberville’s ship, young participants will learn the nuts and bolts of navigation and prove they have what it takes to become privateers!
Often confused for one another, pirates and privateers faced very similar challenges, but one group operated lawfully while the other did not. Learn which of them were the true heroes of the St. Lawrence... Young people are sure to have a great time with this interactive and immersive activity! They’ll explore the world of the privateers who shaped the Montréal and Québec of the 17th century. They’ll need both brains and brawn, not to mention imagination and team spirit, to make the cut.
What will your students do in this interactive exhibition?
- They’ll learn about life in New France, by enlisting as crew members with Captain Pierre Lemoyne d’Iberville, a 17th-century privateer from Montréal who went down in history.
- They’ll board a ship and learn about the hard life of a privateer.
- They’ll learn the ins and outs of navigation, use their brains and brawn, respect on-board discipline (to avoid punishment!), and prepare to chase the English out of the waters around Newfoundland.
- They’ll see some actual archaeological artifacts from the world of 17th- and 18th-century privateers.
- They’ll have a blast as they embark on an amazing adventure!
Concepts covered in the interactive exhibition
- Enlisting, privateers’ shipboard lives, navigation on the St. Lawrence, privateering, booty.
- Historical figures: King Louis XIV, Governor Frontenac, the privateer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville.
- Assets and limitations of the territory: patrolling the Saint Lawrence and defending the country.
- Economic phenomena: trade, means of transportation.
- Significant events: Franco-British wars.
The activities included in the interactive exhibition are in line with the Quebec Education Program and help develop the following subject-specific competencies at the elementary school level:
Geography, History, and Citizenship Education
For Cycle 1, this is a guided activity, led by an experienced interpreter-guide. For Cycles 2 and 3, it is a self-guided activity allowing students to learn at their own pace, but an interpreter-guide will be on hand to supervise and make sure they get the most out of the experience.