2021 Virtual Lecture Series

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2021 Virtual Lecture Series, #1:  Gayle K. Brunelle, "Monopolizing Commerce and Colonization:  The Uses and Abuses of French Royal Commercial Companies."

Historians of French overseas commerce and colonization have debated the advantages and disadvantages of French state-sponsored companies of commerce and colonization since the creation of these companies in the 17th century. Were these companies really more efficient at financing and organizing French overseas exploration and colonial ventures, or were they actually an impediment that help to explain why the British were so easily able to oust the French from most of North America? My talk will focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, relating how and why these the French crown created these companies and discussing the most recent scholarship regarding their role especially in the exploration and colonization of North America.

2021 Virtual Lecture Series, #1:  Gayle K. Brunelle, "Monopolizing Commerce and Colonization:  The Uses and Abuses of French Royal Commercial Companies."

Historians of French overseas commerce and colonization have debated the advantages and disadvantages of French state-sponsored companies of commerce and colonization since the creation of these companies in the 17th century. Were these companies really more efficient at financing and organizing French overseas exploration and colonial ventures, or were they actually an impediment that help to explain why the British were so easily able to oust the French from most of North America? My talk will focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, relating how and why these the French crown created these companies and discussing the most recent scholarship regarding their role especially in the exploration and colonization of North America.

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