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The Search for the Northwest Passage

With the search for the Northwest Passage and the expansion of the Grand Banks fishery, the New World soon becomes a destination for permanent European colonies, in Newfoundland and along the St. Lawrence. Samuel de Champlain begins his legendary journeys, and the precarious beginnings of New France are established. It is an era of unprecedented alliances and devastating conflicts with native people, driven by the merchants' search for furs and the Jesuits' quest for souls. After a half-century of struggle, with the colony on the verge of extinction, Louis XIV takes personal control, sending French soldiers to defend the struggling outpost and eligible young women, the "filles du roi," to become their wives.

Complete Credits for Episode 2

Directors: Claude Lortie and Serge Turbide
Additional sequences by Andrew Gregg and Laine Drewery
Writers: Hubert Gendron and Gene Allen
Journalist-Researchers: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, Claude Bérrardelli
Co-producers: Metchild Furlani, Lynn Glazier
Editor: André Daigneault
Cinematography: Gaetan Morriset, Maurice Chabot, Pierre Mainville
Original music: Claude Desjardins and Eric Robertson

Featuring: C. David Johnston (John Guy), Ghislain Tremblay (Samuel de Champlain), Raymond Cloutier (François le Mercier), Carl Marotte (adult Perre Boucher), Paule Baillargeon (Marie de L'Incarnation)

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1576 The Search for the Northwest Passage
Seeking a route to the riches of the Orient
1578Exploring Cape Breton and Newfoundland
Failed English attempts to settle the New World
1603Champlain's Gamble
Europeans take root in New France
Bringing Christianity to the Natives of Georgian Bay
1641The foolhardy enterprise
The founding of Montreal
1645The future of New France
Survival and growth of the colony

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