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Etymology Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary",<ref name="" /> it is named after Mount Royal,<ref name="" /> the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. According to one theory, the name derives from mont RĂ©al, as it was spelled in Middle French (Mont Royal in modern French), but Cartier's 1535 diary entry, naming the mountain, refers to "le mont Royal". Another argument, mentioned by the Government of Canada on its web site concerning Canadian place names, is that the name was adopted as it is written nowadays because an early map of 1556 used the Italian name of the mountain, "Monte Real".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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