Kingdom of the Saguenay
The Kingdom of the Saguenay
was a mythical land of vast riches believed to exist by early French explorers
. Chief Donnacona told stories about it, claiming it had great mines of silver and gold, when he was imprisoned in France
in the 1530s
. The name Saguenay, from the legend, came to be applied to the Saguenay River
Today, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec is sometimes referred to metaphorically as the Kingdom of the Saguenay (Royaume du Saguenay), for example in tourist marketing.
On an unrelated note, a micronational project in the Saguenay region, Le Royaume de L'Anse-Saint-Jean (q.v.), achieved a certain amount of prominence in 1997.