Name two similarities between French and Spanish interests in the New World.

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There were similarities between the French and Spain settlements in the New World. While France and Spain conquered and ruled different areas in the New World, they had similar objectives.

One objective was to find riches that would make their empires stronger and more powerful. The Spanish found lots of gold and silver in the lands they conquered. The French, on the other hand, made their money in the fur trade.

Another goal was to convert people to Christianity. The Spanish set up missions in the Southwest where many conversions took place. The French often converted the Native Americans they encountered.

A third goal of both empires was to claim as much land as possible for their countries. Both Spain and France were successful in doing this. 

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