The French (We Came to North America)

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To pay for their wars, 16th century French kings sent their people to look for gold in North America. This fascinating account of how the first French settlers came to the New World is highlighted with full-color artwork and eyewitness accounts. Detailed maps show where they settled and how their traditions are still practiced today.

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Born in British Columbia, Canada. After graduating from university spent a year in Australia, then travelled through Europe to England. Lived in London and taught there for some seven years before entering publishing as an editor. Author of many children's non-fiction books, history and natural history in particular. Now living in the English countryside, continuing work in publishing (and painting and gardening!).

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Priests and Missions

In France, many people saw New France as a land where Native Americans had to be converted to Christianity. French priests traveled across the Atlantic and into the interior of Canada to live among and preach to the Native Americans.

A lot is known about the work of the priests who went to live among Native Americans and hoped to convert them to Christianity. The missionaries belonged to an order of priests known as the Jesuits. Each priest kept a detailed account of his work in New France which was sent to the Jesuit office in France. These documents, known as the Jesuit Relations, tell us a great deal about life in New France.

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