What was the major factor facilitating French colonial expansion in North America?

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The major factor that facilitated French colonial expansion in North America was their good relations with the Native Americans.

The main goal of the French colonies in what is now Canada was to create and maintain the fur trade.  Because the French wanted to trade with the Indians for furs,...

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The major factor that facilitated French colonial expansion in North America was their good relations with the Native Americans.

The main goal of the French colonies in what is now Canada was to create and maintain the fur trade.  Because the French wanted to trade with the Indians for furs, they had to have good relations with them.  This stood in contrast with the British colonies in what is now the United States.  These colonists were not interested in trading with the Indians and treated them very poorly.

The fact that the French treated the Indians relatively well helped to allow them to spread their colonies over a great deal of North America in the 1600s and early 1700s.

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