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28   CANADIAN HISTORY 1OR BOYS AND GIRLS.

day. When spring came they were forced, like the Indians, to live on what they could find in the woods, and we can fancy how anxiously they must have looked down the river for the yearly ships from France. But no ships came, and they seemed to be utterly forgotten in their lonely wilderness.

CHATEAU OF ST. LouIS IN 1834.
(From an old print in the Chateau de Ramezay, Montreal.)

The Hundred The king of France was engaged in a fierce Associates. conflict with his Huguenot or Protestant subjects, but his great minister, Cardinal Richelieu, was forming a new company at this very time to colonize and govern Canada in return for a monopoly of the fur trade. It was called the Company of New France, or the Company of the Hundred Associates. Under its rule none but Roman Catholics were to be allowed to come to Canada. —

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