Wednesday, September 22, 2021

New France

The Post-Contact Wars were a period following the French establishment in North America. The French allied themselves with some indigenous tribes, leading to conflict with other tribes. Weapons of the era, either originals or replicas, are seen here.

Two items are displayed here. A treaty medal is at right, of the period, symbolizing the end of the Post Contact Wars. The wampum belt is a contemporary reproduction of the original, emblematic of the peace that had been established.

New France as an idea began to grow over time, from trading outpost to a distinctive society.

This is a portrait of the Marquis de Beauharnois, who was the governor general of New France from 1726-47.

One of the legacies of the New France era is the so called seigneurial system, a system of land distribution drawn out of the feudal era and meant to establish tenancies in land grants. Long rectangles of land edging away from the rivers is a tell-tale of this even seen today from the air.


  1. When I hear a Canadian speaking French, I always think how the language has changed because it's real real old French ! Often they have to subtitle ! So the people living there before the whites arrived are also called Indians ? or as they do now in the States "native Americans" which would be "native Canadians " ?

  2. Interesting with the Daughters of the King.

  3. New France has a nice ring to it. I wish we still had somewhere called New France! I would visit and have croissants for breakfast!

  4. I remember a story of a battle between English and French being read to us in class. From seeing my changing emotions, the teacher stopped and asked me who I was cheering for. I think I said, the English, but I am not sure that I really was.

  5. ...alliances in the New World sure got messy!

  6. Interesting post and exhibit on New France!
    Have a great day!

  7. Interesting history and exhibits. Have a fabulous day.

  8. So interesting, these tours of yours are fabulous.

  9. @Gattina: the language evolved differently here. Indian would be used in a historical context. Indigenous or First Peoples would be a contemporary general term. First Nations refers to the majority of the tribes, but the Inuit and Metis are considered separate.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Iris: that it is.

    @David: it does sound good.

    @Anvilcloud: quite a memory.

  10. @Tom: it was complicated.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Nancy: thanks.

    @Gemel: I like doing these.

    @Marie: very much so.

  11. That's interesting about Louis XIV paying more attention to New France than his predecessors.

  12. As I see these, I can't help but think that the French are not very happy with us right now.

  13. Informative exhibit
    Makes me wonder sometimes, how putting time into displaying the violence in history helps peace today.

  14. @Denise: I think so.

    @RedPat: they were.

    @Marleen: yes it is.

    @Jeanie: among many other concerns.

    @Sharon: perhaps not.

    @Bill: that it is.

    @Maywyn: it does put things in context.

  15. Buenas muestras de la influencia francesa en esas tierras. Ellos eran rivales de los ingleses y de los españoles.

  16. War is hell ~ but gives us history ~ hope we might learn some day it doesn't solve anything ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. I liked reading of the settlement of New France.

  18. France has such a huge history, much more than little old New Zealand