Consuming the French New World

Author(s): Elizabeth M Scott

Year: 2017


All of France’s New World colonies were based on relationships with particular geographies, according to the products and resources wanted by the Crown, which may be thought of as the ultimate "consumer" of French colonial landscapes.  Colonists and French descendant communities engaged with these different landscapes for both commercial and family subsistence purposes.  Obtaining, producing, and moving such resources as furs, wheat and flour, hams, bear oil, salt, and sugar required a variety of social networks and power relationships among Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans.  The cultural landscape of house lots, towns, agricultural lots, shipping routes, and resource procurement sites reflect how people perceived and interacted with the land and each other.  Food traditions brought from France combined with food resources in each region to produce foodways that reflected a particular colonial engagement with the landscape.  This paper draws on zooarchaeological, archaeobotanical, ceramic, and archival data to address these topics. 

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Consuming the French New World. Elizabeth M Scott. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435427)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 376