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
plundering American Indian settlements for gold and silver
conquering Spanish and English colonies
encouraging the growth of permanent settlements
discovering a new route to Asia
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.