Column: All the King’s Daughters

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: All the King’s Daughters

Snippet: For a new settlement to survive and thrive, it needs a growing population. In other words, the birth rate must be higher than the death rate. Growing a settlement is difficult when there are only 3,215 individuals involved. It is near impossible when this number includes 719 eligible bachelors and only 45 unmarried women.

The first census in New France revealed 528 families lived there during the winter of 1665-1666. There were 2,034 males and 1,181 females. The census was taken by Intendant of Justice, Police and Finance, Jean Talon, who was appointed by Louis XIV, King of France. His mission was to increase the colony’s self-sufficiency and organise its financial administration. An important component to succeed in this was to see the colony’s population drastically increase.

His final census indicated he was successful. During his appointments (1665 to 1668 and 1670 to 1672), the population grew to 7,600 inhabitants in spite of the incidents of scurvy, smallpox and other diseases in the settlements.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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