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French Colonies in America
     

French Colonies in America

by Mary Englar, Englar
 

New France was the French colonial empire in North America. Its first colony, Quebec, was established in 1608 to develop the fur trade along North America’s Atlantic coast. Within 150 years, France had claimed the area from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the East, westward to the Great Lakes, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. The French colonists continually

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New France was the French colonial empire in North America. Its first colony, Quebec, was established in 1608 to develop the fur trade along North America’s Atlantic coast. Within 150 years, France had claimed the area from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the East, westward to the Great Lakes, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. The French colonists continually struggled against both Native Americans and the more numerous English colonists to maintain their foothold in the New World. After losing to the English in the French and Indian War (1754–1763), the French gave up their land in North America, and New France was no more.

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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Beginning with a group a straggling soldiers coming ashore on a strange land in 1534, the French remained in America as a significant presence for more than 200 years. This edition of the "We the People" series traces the role of French settlers and the influential relationships of French colonists with the Indians and the British. French settlers established New France and struggled to maintain the colony in the face of a harsh climate and disputes with Native Americans and English settlers. The King of France sent settlers and women to the new colonies, determined to establish permanent French colonies in the new land. La Salle explored the rivers and claimed a vast territory for France, which he named Louisiana in honor of the French king, but British colonists far outnumbered the French. Ongoing battles culminated in the French and Indian War (17544—1763), which marked the end of French expansion in America. The text includes a short discussion of how French influence remains in the United States and Canada, as well as an index, a glossary, fact highlights, and books and internet resources for further study. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756538392
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
We the People: Exploration and Colonization Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Englar is a freelance writer and a teacher of English and creative writing. She has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Minnesota State University, and has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children. She continues to read and write about the many different cultures of our world in Minnesota.

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