former city, Montreal region, southern Quebec province, Canada. Until 2002 it was a western suburb of Montreal city, at which time it was incorporated into Montreal as a borough of that city. Lachine lies on the south shore of Montreal Island facing Lake Saint-Louis, which is a widening there of the St. Lawrence River. Established in 1667 by the French explorer Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, while he was searching for a route to China, it was named after a contraction of la petite Chine ("little China"). Settlement of the site began in 1675. In 1689 it was the site of a massacre of about 250 French settlers and soldiers by the Iroquois. Historically, Lachine was an important departure point for fur traders on their way to the West. It was incorporated as a city in 1848, maintaining that status until it was merged into Montreal in 2002. The production of components used in bridge construction is the major industry, together with electrical appliance manufacture.
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