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p. 353. New Francelocked

  • Alan Taylor


The French in America hoped to get a share of the American wealth they saw the Spanish taking. They turned to North America, which seemed a safer setting for a colony. ‘New France’ charts how while the Spanish turned south, the French turned north towards Canada. French trading posts began as seasonal fishing and whaling camps around the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The exchange of goods — furs for beads, kettles, hatchets, and knives — gave Indians a greater need to hunt (to provide for more trading). Also, by introducing more effective weapons, they increased the stakes of warfare. The French had to fight not only the Indians but the English and Dutch.

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