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New France

  1. 1. New France Created by tbonnar.
  2. 2. When and Where? • In the early 1500s, European countries (specifically France) began sending explorers to the “New World” • They were looking for a route to the Far East (Asia) to find silks and metals- Jacques Cartier • They discovered the St. Lawrence area of Canada and began setting up colonies there because of the fertile lands and the fur trade (coureurs de bois- runners of the woods)
  3. 3. John Cabot - Newfoundland
  4. 4. Jacques Cartier Born in France in 1491, Jacques Cartier is usually acknowledged as the explorer who discovered Canada. He was in fact the one who first used the name Canada, to describe the small area he claimed for France in 1535.
  5. 5. Jacques Cartier • Jacques Cartier explored the Maritimes and the St. Lawrence river between 1534 and 1542.
  6. 6. Jacques Cartier - Kanata
  7. 7. Jacques Cartier • He tried to establish a colony for France on the St. Lawrence, but ultimately failed because: – The gold and diamonds Cartier thought he had found turned out to be just iron pyrite and quartz. This eliminated the incentive to establish a colony.
  8. 8. – He had destroyed relations with the Iroquois by kidnapping Chief Donnacona and his sons. The Iroquois refused to help the French or trade with them.
  9. 9. Samuel de Champlain • Samuel de Champlain was born circa 1570 in France and died at Québec City 25 Dec 1635 • He was a cartographer and explorer. • He is known as the “Father of New France.“ • There is no authentic portrait of Champlain.
  10. 10. Challenges of New France • Europeans did not know about our cold winters • They did not know if their crops would grow • They did not know how to hunt or protect themselves against wildlife • The did not know if the people already living there would accept them or try to get rid of them (First Nations peoples)
  11. 11. The Early Years • The trip over on was difficult and many got sick • Those that came were mostly poor people in search of a better life • They either farmed or entered the fur trade (coureurs de bois) • The populations grew slowly at first due to the tough life style and lack of women
  12. 12. Failures to Colonize • Profits continued in both fishing and the growing fur trade, but other French attempts at starting a colony also failed until 1605 • In 1605, Samuel de Champlain started a colony called Port Royal in what is now Nova Scotia • This colony failed by 1607, though some stayed on as farmers in the area
  13. 13. Abitation De Qvebecq • In 1608, he started a new colony at what is now Quebec City. This habitation became the center of the colony of New France. He chose this location because: – it was at the top of a cliff that was a good spot for a fortress
  14. 14. Abitation De Qvebecq, 1608
  15. 15. Abitation De Qvebecq • He chose this location because: – From there he was able to trade with the Algonkians, Montagnais, and Hurons • He allied with these tribes against the Iroquois, who were working with the English
  16. 16. Hurons
  17. 17. Champlain and the Huron vs. the Iroquois
  18. 18. Double Standard • He (and France) maintained a strange double standard: – They wanted to have a colony so that wealth could be extracted (in the form of furs), – But they didn’t want the effort or responsibility of a larger settlement, so they tried to stop people from coming to the colony to work as farmers or anything other than fur traders.
  19. 19. Jesuit Missionaries • He did allow Roman Catholic missionaries to come and to work to Christianize the Natives. Some did become Christians, but others become angry at the French because of the new religion and the new diseases that the missionaries brought. Conflict with the Natives increased because of this.
  20. 20. Jesuit Missionaries
  21. 21. Settlement • Despite the conflict with Natives and the efforts to restrict colony growth, the colony continued to survive. Not long before Champlain died, The Company of a Hundred Associates took over the colony and was forced by France to bring settlers to Canada. It did so, but still reluctantly.
  22. 22. A Slow – Growing Empire • During the reign of King Louis XIV (16431715), times were good in France. • Few people were interested in leaving France to live in the wilderness of North America.
  23. 23. Settlement • The reluctance of the leaders of New France to encourage settlement was one of the factors that led to a major population difference with the colonies of the British that eventually led to the fall of New France.
  24. 24. Large Territory, Few Settlers
  25. 25. Population Chart comparing New France to the Thirteen American Colonies
  26. 26. Settlement and Colonization • In North America in the 1600s, England and France were both trying to claim land and develop colonies. • The colony of New France had three main groups of people involved in the development of the colony:
  27. 27. Fur Traders • the Company of 100 Associates controlled the colony. It was mostly interested in developing the Fur Trade. It had a monopoly on the fur trade. • However, many Frenchmen avoided that monopoly by becoming Coureurs de Bois (runners of the woods). They travelled long distances into the country searching for people to trade furs with and then sneaked these furs back into Montreal.
  28. 28. Coureurs de Bois • Runners of the woods • Started the fur trade (originally without permission)
  29. 29. Coureurs de Bois
  30. 30. Settlers • France had told the Company of a Hundred Associates that it had to bring in settlers to develop the colony. • The Company divided the land up into pieces called seigneuries and gave these seigneuries to Nobles who would control them as feudal-style manors. The Seigneurs then rented out land to peasant settlers called Habitants.
  31. 31. Seigneural system • The King of France originally owned the land of New France • Farms were set up in seigneuries, which were long, thin strips of land with access to water • Once the farms were set up, the men would often leave to enter the military or fur trade to earn extra money • Egages (hired hands) and the women and children ran the farms
  32. 32. The Seigneurial System
  33. 33. Missionaries • the Roman Catholic Church sent many priests and nuns to New France. They were responsible for the souls of the French settlers and fur traders, but they were also supposed to try to save the souls of the Natives.
  34. 34. Missionaries • The best known and most effective of the missionaries were the Jesuits. They were successful because they were willing to go and live with and like the Natives. They were able to convince many of the Huron to become Christians, and this caused conflict within the Huron nation.
  35. 35. The Royal Province of New France • By 1661, it was obvious to the King of France that the current system was not working. The colony was not growing the way that the English colonies were growing. This was a problem to people who believed in mercantilism.
  36. 36. Mercantilism • The theory that there is a limited amount of wealth in the world and therefore the way to become powerful is to control that wealth and keep it away from others. • One way to do this is to obtain raw materials (natural resources) cheaply from colonies and use them to make finished products in the home country that can be sold in both the home country and the colony. The colony will remain poor while the home country becomes rich.
  37. 37. Mercantilism Wealth of the World 11% 40% 22% England France Spain Portugal 27%
  38. 38. Wealthy Country / Poor Colony 160 140 120 100 80 Country 60 Colony 40 20 0 England France Spain Portugal
  39. 39. The Royal Province of New France • Since New France was not really benefiting France very much, France decided to try harder to make New France an economic success. In 1663, it was made a royal colony (controlled by the king). There were three people in charge:
  40. 40. Leaders of the Colony
  41. 41. Hierarchy of New France Louis XIV/Colbert ▼ Governor (Military) Intendant (Justice/Finances) ▼ Bishop of the Catholic Church ▼ Military officers, merchants, church leaders, seigneurs ▼ Habitants (Filles de Roi) (96.5-97% of population) ▼ Engagés/Domestic Servants/Slaves
  42. 42. Life in New France: Seigneurs • Seigneuries • there were 104 seigneuries in 1663 • seigneurs were responsible for: – – – – building a manor house and a mill attracting settlers acting as judges in disputes defence of the seigneury (usually with a militia – an unofficial army) – collecting taxes/rent
  43. 43. Habitants • rented the land from the seigneurs • were required to: – – – – pay rent provide service serve in the militia grind their own grain at the mill • often had second jobs in the fur trade or in industry
  44. 44. Habitants • women also worked on the farms and had many children • farmed, harvested sugar maples, fished, cared for animals • were not rich, but were considerably better off than peasants in France because they had lower rent, tithes and taxes
  45. 45. Towns • there were several small towns; Quebec was the biggest, most important and best fortified • had schools, hospitals and small industries (businesses where things are made)
  46. 46. Women • many of the first women were Nuns sent to convert Natives • the filles du roi, or “the king’s daughters” had been recruited to leave difficult lives in France to come to New France to be wives to settlers • women had few official legal rights, but in practice often worked as almost equal partners • widows could control land and businesses, and worked alongside men on the farms
  47. 47. Arrival of the Filles du Roi
  48. 48. The End of New France • New France had many conflicts throughout its history - with Natives, British troops and the American colonies • Four major wars took place between England and France that affected the colonies • In each of those wars, Britain (England) won and took land from New France
  49. 49. Wars with England • King William’s War (1689-1692) - Acadia was lost for the first time. • Queen Anne’s War (1704-1713) - Acadia was lost permanently and the Acadians were exiled. • King George’s War (1744-1748) – Louisburg was lost to the English. • Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) – Quebec, Montreal and all of New France was occupied by the English. They took control of the colony.