The borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve was formed by parishes annexed by Montréal prior to 1918. The borough is named for Honoré Mercier, an influential 19th century politician, the Indian village of Hochelaga, and the founder of Montréal, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve.
The borough was once an industrial centre of Montréal and Québec due to its proximity to the port. It was made up of three working-class neighborhoods known as Mercier-Ouest, Mercier-Est (also known as the district of Tétreaultville) and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Over the years, many of the factories closed, and in recent years the borough has gone through a difficult period characterized by a rise in poverty and unemployment.
Source: City of Montréal
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