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How did the French empire in North America succeed?


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February 22, 2009 9:42PM

they had money and could send army to protect it. Skinny Pimp ... Actually they took a much more humane approach to colonization than the British and Spanish. Rather than try to controle the amerindians, or force them to be slaves, they made allies with them. They never attempted force their religion on them either. So when ever the French needed help the amerindians were there to help them. They had a complex series of military, commercial, and diplomatic connections, which became the most enduring alliances between them and the amerindians. Due to all this they were able to develop a fairly extensive fur trading network which allowed them to succeed for nearly 150 years. Seamus