Jacques Archambault

Died aged c. 84

Jacques Archambault (c. 1604 – February 15, 1688) was a French colonist in Montreal. He was born in Dompierre-sur-Mer, where he was baptized. Archambault married (around 1629) Françoise Tourault, with whom he had many children. All Archambaults (and descendants) now living in North America are his descendants, as no other Archambault ever emigrated from France. A plate in the back of the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Montreal commemorates his digging the first water well, near what is now known as Place-d'Armes, on October 11, 1658, upon request by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

Près d'ici sur la place d'armes du fort Jacques Archambault (1604-1688) ancêtre unique des Archambault d'Amérique creusa en 1658 le premier puits de l'île de Montréal à la demande de M. de Maisonneuve

English translation: Near here on the parade ground of the fort Jacques Archambault (1604-1688) ancestor of Archambault of America in 1658 dug the first well of the island of Montreal at the request of M. de Maisonneuve

Puits, Place de la Grande-Paix, Montreal, QC, Canada where they dug a well (1658)