To help fix New France's gender imbalance, two men came up with an innovative idea to import young women to the colony to marry male settlers. Almost all of the women were poor and many were orphans. Two-thirds of today's French-Canadians can trace their ancestry back to one of these 800 women who were known as the Filles du Roi or "Daughters of the King". Click here to read more in "Canada: The Story of Us".
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Most French Canadians are descended from 800 women
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- Written by Nancy Kiser