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During the period from 1492 to 1700, French activity in the Americas was primarily directed toward

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establishing trade with American Indians

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Yes

plundering American Indian settlements for gold and silver

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No

conquering Spanish and English colonies

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No

encouraging the growth of permanent settlements

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No

discovering a new route to Asia

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No

French activity in the Americas centered on development of extensive fur-trading with American Indians.

The French were not known for plundering American Indian settlements for gold and silver nor anything else; their emphasis was on developing positive relationships that would foster the fur trade. Conquering Spanish and English colonies was not an objective of French activity; their concern with exploration and development far outweighed interest in fostering permanent settlements (though some were established); and discovering a new route to Asia was not a significant motive for French activity.

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