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The Jesuit presence not only was critical for French claims to the vast western country, but also was vital in Quebec itself, where the Canadian mission had its headquarters. The role of the Jesuits in the actual building of the town and the role played by the Superior of the Mission in the defense of Quebec were strong props for the colony at a time when the trading companies and the crown were doing little for Canada. Another example of the impact on the Counter-Reformation on early Canada was the founding of Montreal by a religious society in 1642 to provide an advance base for the missionary effort in the upper St.
Lawrence was further protected by the construction of the mighty French fortress and naval base of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Islandthe Gibraltar of North America. From these secure strong-holds, the French used their experience in Indian relations and their superior North American military establishment to secure the interior against British advances. In response to the presence of Pennsylvania traders in the Ohio country and to the claims of The Ohio Company, the French under the direction of their gov- Page 19 ernor general, Ange de Menneville, Marquis Duquesne, built a series of forts between Lake Erie and the junction of the Ohio and Monongahela rivers.
Howard Michigan State University Page 1 Canada is a vast land that has been settled by many peoples over the centuries. , occupied sites from modern Alaska to southern Alberta. D. 500 and 1400 the Thule, or Inuit, peoples gradually spread from Alaska to Labrador. By 1500 the huge swath of land from the Atlantic provinces across the Canadian Shield (the rocky and forested band of territory extending around Hudsons' Bay in the shape of a giant shield) to the Prairies was occupied by Algonquian-speaking peoples, who lived by hunting and gathering.