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.