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4. Flags, Crests and Official Designs

4.2. Fleur-de-lys


Symbol of French Sovereignty

The fleur-de-lys was a symbol of French sovereignty in Canada from 1534, when Jacques Cartier landed in Gasp?and claimed the newly explored territory in name of Francis I of France. The royal arms of France, with its three gold fleurs-de-lys on a blue field, were displayed when French explorers claimed new land in North America. In 1948, the Quebec government adopted the “fleurdelise as its provincial flag.