Life in New France

Life in New France

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  • I came to New France to make a new life for me and my family.
  • Welcome to my Estate!
  • Agriculture and farming were very important in New France. People needed to grow crops and food to sustain the growing population.
  • The farm work can be hard but our landlord treats my family very well.
  • The seigneural system was established in New France in 1627. The Crown granted land to the wealthy, deserving people. The Seigneur (owner) would develop the land by building homes, a mill, and other buildings.  These areas were like little communities.
  • Thank you for giving us this opportunity in New France.
  • The estates were 15km plots along the St. Lawrence River.The river provided water for agriculture and could be used for transporation 
  • We love our new life in New France
  • To do all the work, the Seigneur would grant a piece of his land to a family.  The family would farm the land and get their food and shelter.  They were called Habitants.  FACT:  Habitants worked three days a year without pay; this was called a "corvee."
  • The Habitants paid taxes to the Seigneur to use the land.  They also had other obligations such as giving the Seigneur a portion of their harvest.  FACT:  Seigneurs could grant hunting, fishing and woodcutting licenses to the Habitants.
  • The Seigneural System helped create family, neighbour, and community spirit in New France. 
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