Compagnie des Cent-Associés (Compagnie de la Nouvelle France) was founded 29 April 1627 (royal approbation 6 May 1628) by Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister of Louis XIII, to establish the French empire in North America; it was granted NEW FRANCE
from Florida to the Arctic and from the Atlantic to the unknown West, as well as extensive trading privileges. English rivals captured the company's fleet in 1628 and both the fleet and the colony in 1629; the colony was restored to France in March 1632, but the company never recovered. In 1645 it sublet its rights and obligations in Canada to the COMMUNAUTÉ DES HABITANTS
; on 24 February 1663 the Cent-Associés' grant was revoked and Canada became a royal province.
Links to Other Sites
This site documents the history of the Seigneurial system in Canada. From the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Jean Nicollet de Belleborne
A detailed biography of Jean Nicollet de Belleborne, a 17th century explorer, interpreter, and French liaison with First Nations tribes. From the “Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.”