Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Proprietorships In French North America

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

If the current trend in historiography is to revise the understanding of colonial proprietorships rather than to presume their inherent unsuitability, then proprietorships in French North America pose something of a conundrum. The French settlements in the St. Lawrence Valley, the Canadian Maritimes, and Louisiana lagged far behind the thirteen colonies in terms of both population and economic growth. This chapter focuses on one critical aspect of proprietorships in New France: the recruitment of European immigrants. It argues that the proprietors’ achievements in that domain were not negligible given the structural constraints that they faced, namely, the limited demand for and supply of colonial labor. While supply could have been boosted, as in the British colonies, by permitting immigration of religious dissenters and foreigners, such immigration was prohibited by the state throughout most of the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Canadian Maritimes; colonial labor; French North America; immigration; Louisiana; Proprietorships



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Constructing Early Modern Empires — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation