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.