quadricentenary

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quad·ri·cen·ten·a·ry

 (kwŏd′rĭ-sĕn-tĕn′ə-rē, -sĕn′tə-nĕr′ē)
n. pl. quad·ri·cen·ten·a·ries
A 400th anniversary or celebration.
adj.
Of or relating to a span of 400 years or to a 400th anniversary.

[From alteration of Latin quadringentī, quadrigentī, four hundred (on the model of such words as tercentenary); see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]
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Quebec City's quadricentenary was celebrated last year with due pomp, but 2004 and 2005 were also quadricentenaries: of the first Acadian settlement of Ile Ste-Croix, which was established in 1604 and lasted the winter, and of Port-Royal, founded the following year in present-day Nova Scotia.
He suggests that there has been progress over time, for example when he discusses the transformations that make the recent quadricentenaries so different from the commemorations a hundred years ago.
Despite all this, the memory entrepreneurs try to use the quadricentenaries to establish an emotional connection to the early settlements and their physical sites.