French colonization of America began when a Frenchman known as Samuel de Chaplain formed a colony at Quebec along St. Lawrence River which was later named the New France. Later the king of France sent a French explorer to look for gold in America and the Frenchman tried to establish a colony there but he failed. However, these two explorers discovered that North America was rich in fur and this attracted French fur traders to North America where they settled and traded in fur.
Their interest in fur trade stemmed from the fact that there was a huge demand for fur in the European market and this fur was readily available in North America. Other settlers in the northern America were the British colonialists. These had fought the French settlers in the French America and taken over the land they had occupied especially at Quebec. The settlement of the Britons in French America was fuelled by the desire to drive out the French in order to gain control of North America.
The French settlers in North America enjoyed good relations with the native populations. This is because they had gone there as traders and so they had forged good relationships with the natives who enjoyed the goods they received from the Frenchmen in exchange for the fur. In fact, when the British settlers attacked French settlers, the native populations fought alongside the French. However, the British settlers had the support of one tribe which resented the French.
Most of the native tribes resented the British settlers as the British settlers were interested in occupying the land that belonged to the natives. To do this, they dispossessed the natives of their land and this led to friction between the two groups as the natives valued their land. BIBLIOGRAPHY Bulliet, Richard and Pamela Crossley. The Earth and its Peoples: A global History: Since 1500, Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2009. Marger, Martin. Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning, 2009.
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