Actually, the French colonists - in New France (Quebec) and Acadia at least - didn't marry native people as much as Spanish colonists in general; in fact, the Filles du Roy were sent over to New France a little later than the initial date of settlement to increase the French population and promote families in the colony. Among the French male colonists, it was mainly the coureurs du bois and other explorers in the interior who married native women. Hence, métis (French for mestizo) in places like Manitoba but not so much in Quebec; this is also why there's not as much métis in Quebec as mestizos anywhere in Latin America, even the white countries of Argentina and Uruguay and certainly the likes of Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, and Guatemala.Spanish and French colonists were overwhelmingly male. The idea was to come to the New World, make (or steal) a fortune in just a few years, then go back to Spain or France, marry a daughter of some nobleman, and live happily ever after. English colonists started out the same way, but where the Spanish found gold and silver and the French found furs, the English colonies had no readily exploitable wealth. The English colonists took to building up plantations which were life-long investments, so they brought their wives with them. Also the New England colonies were settled not for economic reasons but for religious freedom, but the result was the same - colonists came over as families, not bachelors. Many of those French and Spanish bachelors did not get rich quick and ended up changing their plans and staying in the New World. Because of the shortage of women, they married native girls. The English colonists never had to look outside of their own ethnic/racial group for spouses.