- Oct 2010
Long before the British takeover of Canada, the French living there had already culturally separated themselves from their cousins in France. How and why did this happen?
An interesting take on the history of Quebec and you raise some nice points. However, I must take issue with the above paragraph.Canada and New France in general also failed to attract many female settlers. Les Filles du Roi (or Daughters of the King) were females who were actually sent to Canada with the purpose of finding husbands and as a result boost the population and economy. Because of the lack of female European settlers, the colonists of New France often took native wives, and the relations between France and most native tribes (save the Iroquois) was much more cordial than with Britain or Spain. Many Québecois today have substantial native ancestry.
Where do the Acadians fit in here?
I don't think 'culturally separated' is quite right. It implies a certain rebellious attitude, which they were not; they remained loyal and dependent on the Ancien Regime to the end. 'Culturally distinct', I would say.Long before the British takeover of Canada, the French living there had already culturally separated themselves from their cousins in France. How and why did this happen?
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