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The French presence in North America was spearheaded by the exploration of the Gulf of St Lawrence and the great river leading inland by Jaques Cartier in the 1530s The English immediately contested the French claims on the grounds that they conflicted with prior English claims dating from John Cabots landings on the east coast of North America in 1497 thus setting off a struggle which was to dominate the history of the region until the Treaty of Paris in 1763 The first French settlements of any consequence were at Port Royal in Acadia now Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia and Quebec now Quebec City Both were captured by the British in 1614 and 1629 respectively but the French reclaimed Quebec in 1632 and began developing an enormous inland region extending southward from the St Lawrence to the Gulf of Mexico not so much for settlement as to support the lucrative trade in furs which they and their rivals the English were intent on promoting The fur trade of New France was initially organized on a private commercial basis but in 1663 the whole enterprise was brought under the direct control of the French King who entrusted the day-to-day running of his colony to a governor a senior administrator called an intendant and the bishop New France developed under a constant threat of English invasion The English persistently sought to undermine French control of the east coast region known as Acadia and to cut off French trade with the Indians in the areas inland from the English settlements which were developing along the coast of what is today the eastern United States and further north in the region around Hudson Bay In the course of these conflicts both these two great European powers became involved in the on-going conflicts among the North American Indians with whom they were in contact for purposes of the fur trade The most important of the Indian contests
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