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Claiming the Wilderness
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New France's expansion

A small French settlement in New France builds a flourishing society and stakes a claim to a massive continent between 1660 and 1750. New France's populace includes shop keepers, artisans, farmers and landlords, as well as fur-trading expansionists like Governor Frontenac and his commercial partner, Robert Cavelier de La Salle, who build a network of Indian alliances and extend French trading posts to the Gulf of Mexico. But this fast-paced growth brings New France into ever more bitter conflict with the wealthier and more numerous - but less venturesome - British colonists to the south. The story culminates with the heartrending deportation of more than 10,000 French Catholic Acadians as the struggle to possess North America enters its final, decisive phase.

Complete Credits for Episode 3

Directors: Serge Turbide and Claude Lortie
Writers: Hubert Gendron and Gene Allen
Journalist-Researchers: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, Claude Bérrardelli
Editor: André Daigneault
Cinematography: Gaetan Morriset, Maurice Chabot, Pierre Mainville
Original music: Claude Desjardins and Eric Robertson

Featuring: Pierre Chagnon (comte de Frontenac), Graham Greene (Kondiaronk), Zachary Richard (Jean Labordore), Paule Baillargeon (Marie de L'Incarnation), Dominique Briand (Marquis de Sallières)

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1670New France's expansion
New alliances and new warfare
1701The Great Peace
A treaty between the French and natives
1700sNew France in the 18th Century
Disease, then growth and prosperity
1713The Acadians
Demands of allegiance and deportation by the English

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