Discuss the similarities and differences in the way the British and French empires administered their colonies before 1763.

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There were many differences in how the French and the British administered their colonies before 1763. Both countries had colonies in North America, but there were significant differences between them.

The British established thirteen permanent colonies in North America. The French, on the other hand, had few permanent settlements. In the British colonies, people were able to own land. In the French colonies, only the nobles were able to own land. While both countries had dealings with the Native Americans, the French were much more friendly with them. They married Native American women, converted them to Christianity, and traded with them. Most Native American tribes were more comfortable with the French. There were differences in religious practices also. The French only allowed Catholics to settle in their colonies. There was more religious freedom in the British colonies. Because of these differences, the British colonies grew faster than the French colonies. There also was more self-government in the British colonies. The colonies had their own legislatures. In the French colonies, self-government did not exist.