Filles du Roi
Wives for the Colonists
of New France needed more settlers if it was going to survive. Not
only were more settlers needed, but also wives for the settlers
were in great demand. The governor of New France, Jean Talon,
had a plan. He decided to bring girls and young women over from
France to marry the settlers.
came from farms and convent
schools in France. The government of France paid for the cost
of their trip, which is why they were called the King's daughters.
They were married to settlers as soon as they got off the ship.
There was no
time for the new wives to enjoy a honeymoon. They had to get right
to work. The job of running a household and a farm was mainly the
job of a woman. There was little time for leisure. Each season had
its share of work to be done.