Saint Pierre


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Saint Pierre

(săN pyĕr), town (2006 pop. 5,509), capital of the French territorial collectivity of St. Pierre and MiquelonSaint Pierre and Miquelon
, French territorial collectivity (2015 est. pop. 6,000), 93 sq mi (241 sq km), consisting of nine small islands S of Newfoundland, Canada, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The capital is Saint Pierre on the island of the same name.
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, on the E coast of St. Pierre island. St. Pierre is the administrative and commmercial center of the islands. Fishing, fish processing, fish meal production, and fish exporting are the town's main industries. Tourism is also important. The town was settled in the 17th cent., primarily by Basque, Norman, and Breton fisherman, and a curing and salting plant for cod was soon established. Razed by the British (1778) and French (1794), it was rebuilt in the 19th cent. and grew as a fishing and fish-processing center. During America's prohibitionprohibition,
legal prevention of the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, the extreme of the regulatory liquor laws. The modern movement for prohibition had its main growth in the United States and developed largely as a result of the agitation of
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 period (1920–33), the town was a prosperous bootlegging hub. Notable sights include the cathedral (1907), lighthouse, and state museum.
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