Going back in time to meet "Les Filles du Roy"
The annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France opened yesterday with a very special hommage to the women who crossed the Atlantic to come to New France, 350 years ago.
Organizers wanted the public to discover the pioneers, natives, nuns and merchants that have all marked the history of the colony. 768 women arrived in New France between 1663 and 1673, under the sponsorship of the French government, as part of a strategy to populate and stregthen the colony.
For the festival's opening ceremony yesterday, 36 women arrived on a sailboat in Quebec's Old Port to recreate that first historic disembarkment. Quebec AM's Julia Page was there to meet them, along with some young suitors, anxious to meet their potential brides.