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It allowed religious freedom for Catholics and permitted them to hold public office, a practice not then allowed in Britain.
The In 1776, the 13 British colonies to the south of Quebec declared independence and formed the United States. More than 40,000 people loyal to the Crown, called “Loyalists,” fled the oppression of the American Revolution to settle in Nova Scotia and Quebec.
In 1759, the British defeated the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham at Québec City — marking the end of France’s empire in America.
The commanders of both armies, Brigadier James Wolfe and the accommodated the principles of British institutions to the reality of the province.
Croix Island (in present-day Maine), then at Port-Royal, in Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia).
English colonies along the Atlantic seaboard, dating from the early 1600s, eventually became richer and more populous than New France.
In the 1700s France and Great Britain battled for control of North America.
In 1608 Champlain built a fortress at what is now Québec City. Champlain allied the colony with the Algonquin, Montagnais, and Huron, historic enemies of the Iroquois, a confederation of five (later six) First Nations who battled with the French settlements for a century. The French and Aboriginal people collaborated in the vast fur-trade economy, driven by the demand for beaver pelts in Europe.
Outstanding leaders like Jean Talon, Bishop Laval, and Count Frontenac built a French Empire in North America that reached from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.