• Quebec

    Why did the French set up a colony in Quebec?

    In the 16th century, the land was used mainly to extract from the wealth of natural resources such as furs through trade with the various indigenous peoples. In the 17th century, successful settlements began in Acadia and Quebec. Why did France establish a colony in Quebec? Samuel de Champlain, considered the founder of New France, established a settlement in what is now Quebec City in 1608. Like Jacques Cartier, his goal was to find a passage to India. Why did the French move to Quebec? they entered hopes of gaining some social mobility or protection from religious persecution by a republican and secular France. For the most part, they settled…

  • Quebec

    How did the French get Quebec?

    Quebec’s origins date back to 1534-1535, when French explorer Jacques Cartier landed in present-day GaspĂ© and took possession of the land in the name of the king of France. Half a century later, the French settlement had a sparse population of about 3,200 people. Why did the French move to Quebec? they entered hopes of gaining some social mobility or protection from religious persecution by a republican and secular France. For the most part, they settled in Montreal and Quebec City. Among them was Pierre Guerout, a Huguenot who in 1792 was elected to the first Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada. When did Quebec become French? In the 1960s, an…