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Oct4- Women in New France Women in Canada

Oct4- Women in New France Women in Canada - Women in New...

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Women in New France: Beginnings, 1617-1701 21/11/2007 12:55:00 INTRODUCTION Ultimately wanted to exploit the newly found land Religious institution in French society o Active missionary to expand Catholicism  o Religious orders are important in establishing education and hospitals 1663: Louis the 14 th  establishes “Royal Government” o Direct government  o More effective settlement and colonization Problem with Quebec= competition between France and Britain (in the battle  for North America)  o Complicated with the fact that the British align themselves with the  Iroquois  Male colony (indentured labourers, sailors, interpreteurs)  Champlain considered women a bad idea to bring to the colony  First women to come to New France in 1617 o Marie Rollet and her husband, Herbert o The Founding family of New France o Extended family in the colony… social and include a number of  outsiders (take in some Algonquin girls to live with their family- Charity  and Hope)—Black servant boy (there were some Black slaves  belonging to the Kirke brothers)  There are very few young women that come into the colony and most are  married off very quickly  Positive and negative contact between the settlers and Amerindians  THE ‘HEROIC’ AGE
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Liberation for women because they can do anything a man can do Doesn’t seem like women of New France saw it that way o Extreme burden and caused anxiety  FOUNDING  WOMEN Had to do a lot more heavy labour in the fields  Even ‘male’ chores are done by both in the earlier periods in New France  (skinning animals, clearing the fields) 
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