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Creating Permanent European Outposts

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University of Toronto St. George
Mc Kim

HIS263Y Christianity, Commerce and the Development of New France Thursday September 23 2010 The Fur Trade & the Development of New World France As a result of the cod fishing industry, it became normal for Europeans to travel throughout the continent and participate in trade Fur trade emerges, in the late 1500s, garments made of fur-bearing animals and especially wide-brimmed hats were highly fashionable in European society Partly because they were warm and because they had a luxurious feel and texture, fetching them high prices As a result, Europeans and especially the French, become actively involved in the fur trade European involvement in this industry resulted in French traders being integrated into a vast network of trade relationships This network was concentrated in the valley of the St. Lawrence river Series of groups involved in this vast network of trade, French relying on relationships they had made with various aboriginal groups, trapping the furs and bringing them to this emerging French settlement in the St. Lawrence river in return for French-manufactured goods Involvement in this fur trade and extensive trade network is fundamentally important to the development of a French colonial presence in the New World, what would come to be known as New France Samuel de Champlain Important to the development of New France in the 1700s By training a soldier, a mariner, naturalist (fascinated by natural world), functions as a politician Serves as the de facto Governor of New France Makes his first voyage to the New World in 1603 Dies in 1635 In between those two dates, he criss-crosses the Atlantic 24 times
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