of them and their country as if they were children.
Many of the soldiers who had served under De Tracy were persuaded to settle in the country, so that they might act as a check on their old enemies, the Iroquois; and the king continued to send out settlers at his own expense. Amongst them came several large parties of young women to be wives for the colonists : and some-times thirty marriages took place at Quebec in a single day!
Seigneurial The king gave large grants of land to Tenure. gentlemen, and sometimes to companies of traders or churchmen, who held them by what was called Seigneurial Tenure. It was something like the old Feudal System, which had once been followed in Europe. The gentlemen receiving grants were called seigneurs. In return for these grants they undertook to