Mingan Islands (mĭngˈgən) [key], group of 15 small islands and many islets, E Que., Canada, in the St. Lawrence River, N of Anticosti island. They were visited (1535) by Jacques Cartier, the French explorer. In 1836 the islands were acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company.
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