|L'Immigrants' Francais Filles
(The French Immigrants' Daughters)
|One of the bigest problems facing France's financial concerns in what has been called New France, was the expense of providing food and lodging to the employees of whomever happened to be the controlling interest at the time. When Cardinal Richelieu formed the Company of 100 Associates, he hoped to settle French families in and around the trading posts to not only be a source of food, but also strengthen their position in that area of Canada.
The founding families of the Kebec Habitation and others, did themselves have children, which helped to increase the French population; but it was still very small; with only about 1 French-Canadian to every 150 Native-Canadian. It was feared that if the situation stayed as it was, they would simply merge with the existing population, and France woulld lose their opportunity to reap large profits from the lucrative furtrade.
After Champlain's death, incentive programs were implemented, like the Filles Marier (Marriageable Young Girls) and Filles De Roi (King's Daughters); but before that time L'Immigrants' Francais Filles
(Daughters of French Immigrants), filled the gap. This portion of the site is dedicated to the young women who followed their families to a strange land; sometimes arriving as children; and growing up in a French Trading Post, but settling in a French Community, to become one of the Founding Mothers of New France.
|Meet The L'Immigrants' Francais Filles|
|St. Pierre, Catherine
Hebert, Marie Guillemette
|French Immigrants Home Page|
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|French Kebec - The Early Years|
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