With its varied history and mixed influences from a number of different countries, Montreal boasts a rich cultural heritage. After being settled by French colonists in 1642, Montreal was taken by the British in the 1750s. Though there was a strong resentment among many of the citizens, the city nevertheless emerged as the major economic, financial and transportation hub of Canada. This ushered in a new era of wealth, and during this time much of the stunning architecture seen in the city today was built. Today, Montreal offers many interesting museums and beautiful green spaces, and the city remains a favoured tourist spot.