The French Canadian identity was not born in an instant during the 20th century. French explorations commissioned by the crown were undertaken throughout the 16th century, most notably Cartier and Roberval’s exploration of the St. Lawrence River between 1541-1543. Despite difficulties with the native peoples, as well as the typical issues of gross supplies and contemptible knowledge of the land, French explorers were able to own enough hold over their entry points into the “New World” to begin trade talks with the native groups living in what would be known as Montreal. These initial incursions were to point to the mettle of the French in forging an existence in a harsh environment.
Several institutions that would endure three centuries of tumult were brought over to the New World by Fren...Read More