Lead: By the mid 1600s the French, along with the English and the Spanish, had high hopes of a vast empire in the New World.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The French founded Quebec in New France (present day northeastern Canada near the St. Lawrence River) in 1608, one year after the founding of Jamestown. French commerce was founded on the fur trade, which they expanded by moving deeper into the interior of North America. The French formed alliances with Native American tribes and eventually controlled the Great Lakes region, the Mississippi River Valley region including the two great tributaries – the Missouri and Ohio Rivers.


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