A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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LOUIS HÉBERT: A Legacy of Tenacity
Question 2
When the monarch of King Louis XIV took control of the colony of New France in 1663, one of his strategies to increase settlement in the colony was to send over single women to be married and start families.

True. Between 1663 and 1673, between 800 and 1,000 women, commonly known as "les filles du roi" or the King's Girls, were shipped over to provide wives for the largely male population of New France.

In 1663, after half a century of occupation, the population of New France numbered scarcely 3,000. British colonies at the time had expanded to 100,000. This prompted Louis XIV to put in place an aggressive immigration policy and a series of incentives to encourage marriage and child bearing.


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