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, Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 1627 - Seigneurial system introduced by King Louis XIV of France, forbade settlement in New France by anyone other than Roman Catholics


On April 29, 1627, Cardinal Richelieu signed a deed establishing a large company owned by about 100 associates. The official name of the new entity was the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France... The company's mission was to "populate the said country with Catholic natives of France who, through their example, would dispose these [Aboriginal] nations toward the Christian religion and civil life, even establishing royal authority there." The company would also "draw from the newly discovered said lands advantages in trade for the use of the king's subjects." This amounted to colonizing New France and exploring its wealth.

History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.

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