thus denied all share in commercial enterprise. Even agriculture went no further than the raising of such crops as the colony could itself consume. Little wonder, therefore, that settlement spread but lowly and that, to escape the monotony of life on the St. Lawrence, active men plunged into the fascinating freedom of the western fur trade.
An Improvement Takes Place. With Queen Anne's War (1703-1713) a change came. British cruisers cut off the colony's supplies, and Canadians were driven to make for themselves many