Daughters of the King and Founders of a Nation: Les Filles du Roi in New France

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The late seventeenth century was a crucial era in establishing territorial claims on the North American continent. In order to strengthen France's hold on the Quebec colony, Louis XIV sent 770 women across the Atlantic at royal expense in order to populate New France. Since that time, these women known as the filles du roi, have often been reduced to a footnote in history books, or else mistakenly slandered as women of questionable morals. This work seeks to clearly identify the filles du roi through a study of their socioeconomic status, educational background, and various demographic factors, and compare the ... continued below

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Runyan, Aimie Kathleen May 2010.

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The late seventeenth century was a crucial era in establishing territorial claims on the North American continent. In order to strengthen France's hold on the Quebec colony, Louis XIV sent 770 women across the Atlantic at royal expense in order to populate New France. Since that time, these women known as the filles du roi, have often been reduced to a footnote in history books, or else mistakenly slandered as women of questionable morals. This work seeks to clearly identify the filles du roi through a study of their socioeconomic status, educational background, and various demographic factors, and compare the living conditions they had in France with those that awaited them in Canada. The aim of this undertaking is to better understand these pioneer women and their reasons for leaving France, as well as to identify the lasting contributions they made to French-Canadian culture and society.

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Runyan, Aimie Kathleen. Daughters of the King and Founders of a Nation: Les Filles du Roi in New France, thesis, May 2010; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28470/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .