Quebec - Did you know?Between 1714 and 1754, approximately 4,500 immigrants settled in New France. They included indentured workers and soldiers stationed in the colony, but most of them, it appears, were unsavory characters, including hundreds of salt smugglers who sold salt illegally in France. France wanted to get rid of these smugglers, and the colony accepted them without complaint because once they were in New France, most of them mended their ways and were on their best behavior.
Source: History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.
She married Pierre Paillereau
31 July 1657
in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
was born abt. 1629
in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France
He died 23 November 1669
in Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada
Helene Cartier died 10 October 1665
in Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada .
"When the Company of 100 Associates began their settlement scheme, their plan of recruiting only families proved to be too costly, so instead they signed on single men; tradesman and labourers; who would be indentured for three years. However, this meant that more than 80% of the colonists were men, so even if they decided to stay at the end of their term, there was little hope of them starting a family, unless they chose a Canadian girl. But, since her family would never allow her, or her children, to leave their village; the company directors needed to avoid this from happening.
So instead, they began recruiting "marriagable young girls", who would first sign a contract in France and then be given passage and a small dowry to become the wife of a Quebec settler. You might wonder why these young girls (many under 16), would risk the dangers and hardships, which by now most of France were well aware of; but believe it or not; for many it was the best option.
At the time, marriages were arranged, so if the girl's family did not have the means to provide a sutable dowry, her only option was to become a nun, if she was Catholic; or marry beneath her station. In the case of the young Filles a Marier, though a marriage contract must be signed before departure, she had every right to refuse the union, once she met her husband-to-be. As a matter of fact, many of them did just that, and were provided safe passage home." Added: 9/15/2010 10:33:03 AM - Beckie Updated: 9/15/2010 10:33:13 AM - Beckie
Bio Helene Cartier was born about 1635 in La Rochelle; the daughter of Pierre Cartier and Marie Lefbevre. She arrived in the Quebec Colony as a Filles A Marier, contracted to be the bride of Pierre Paillereau. They were married July 31, 1657 in Ville De Quebec.
1660 - Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and about sixty others withstand an attack by over 500 Iroquois at Long Sault (May). It is traditionally said that the small party fights so well that the Iroquois decide not to attack Montréal.
Death 10 October 1665 Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada
Added: 3/27/2010 3:19:23 PM
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