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Author Choquette, Leslie.
Title Frenchmen into peasants : modernity and tradition in the peopling of French Canada / Leslie Choquette.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.

Series Harvard historical studies ; 123
Harvard historical studies ; v. 123.
Subject Immigrants -- New France -- History.
New France -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
France -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 17th century.
France -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 18th century.
Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France)
France -- History -- Bourbons, 1589-1789.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 397 pages).
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-388) and index.
Contents Introduction: The Peopling of French Canada -- pt. I. Modernity. 1. Regional Origins: Peasants or Frenchmen? 2. A Geography of Modernity: The Northwest. 3. A Geography of Modernity: Non-Northwesterners and Women. 4. An Urban Society: Class Structure and Occupational Distribution. 5. Religious Diversity: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics. 6. The Age of Adventure in an Age of Expansion -- pt. II. Tradition. 7. Traditional Patterns of Mobility. 8. A Traditional Movement: Northwestern Emigration to Canada. 9. A Traditional Movement: Emigration Outside the Northwest. 10. The Canadian System of Recruitment -- Conclusion: Frenchmen into Peasants.
Summary Leslie Choquette narrates the peopling of French Canada across the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the lesser known colonial phase of French migration. Drawing on French and Canadian archives, she carefully traces the precise origins of individual immigrants, describing them by gender, class, occupation, region, religion, age, and date of departure. Her archival work is impressive: of the more than 30,000 emigrants who embarked for Quebec and the Maritimes during the French Regime, nearly 16,000 are chronicled here.
In considering the pattern of emigration in the context of migration history, Choquette shows that, in many ways, the movement toward Canada occurred as a by-product of other, perennial movements, such as the rural exodus or interurban labor migrations. Overall, emigrants to Canada belonged to an outwardly turned and mobile sector of French society, and their migration took place during a phase of vigorous Atlantic expansion. They crossed the ocean to establish a subsistence economy and peasant society, traces of which lingered on into the twentieth century.
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ISBN 9780674029545 (electronic bk.)
0674029542 (electronic bk.)
0674323157 (alk. paper)
9780674323155 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 636856205
Additional Format Print version: Choquette, Leslie. Frenchmen into peasants. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997 (DLC) 96040089 (OCoLC)36051186