Everyday Life in New France

In New France, the early French settlers were very fond of each other’s company. In fact these people lived in a strange land, they were a few men and women, and the dangers they had to face drew them close together.

Families from neighbouring houses would gather together in the evenings, when the old songs of France would be sung. The floor would be cleared so that the younger people might dance to the music of the fiddler in the corner.

The settlers were devoted to their church and to the priest, and they were always ready to make sacrifices for the church. The priest was often the only educated man in the community. He was regarded with affection not only as a religious leader but also as a friend and counsellor in the difficulties and trials that were part of pioneer life.

On Sunday mornings, a mass was held. After mass, there would be a gathering before the church to discuss the happenings of the week, the conditions of the crops, and the prospects of the weather.

On warm summer afternoons relations and friends would meet on the veranda of one house to chat, while the young people played games, and the children and dogs tumbled about upon the grass.

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