Would you like to set sail for adventure with the privateers of New France, as you chase down and do battle with enemy ships on the high seas? Get ready for an extraordinary experience!
Pointe-à-Callière offers young visitors a golden opportunity to learn about and test their mettle against some hardy mariners who sailed the St. Lawrence in days gone by. The immersive setting evokes a privateer ship, giving youngsters a chance to use their brains and brawn as they thrill to tales of adventure.
Montréal privateer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville invites the young would-be privateers to discover what shipboard life was like back then, and to see whether they have what it takes to join his crew. Are you up for the challenge?
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.