Imperialism in New France (pt.1)

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  • In 1604, French noble named Pierre de Monts recieved a monopoly, he then sailed to North America to set up a colony.  He took a map-maker and explorer named Samuel de Champlain with him on the journey.
  • A-ha, finally! Land-ho!
  • In the spring of 1605, de Monts established a settlement at Port Royal on the Bay of Fundy. The French called the area Acadia
  • In time more and more French people came to Acadia. Although life was hard, it was no harder than it had been back in France. Acadia offered poor farmers from France opportunity to make a new start.
  • After many more people came to Acadia, Champlain died. He died  in 1635 on Christmas Day. After his death, Acadia expanded becoming New France
  • 24 years later
  • In 1659, Pierre Radisson and Sieur des Groseilliers went on a trading trip. The trip took them deep inland to the far end of lake Superior. No Europeans have ever been there before.
  • As they travelled, they gave french names to some of the sttlements, lakes, rivers, mountains and other landforms they encountered. in this way, they claimed these lands for France.
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