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Only maize offered an alternative foodstuff to the European crops. Yet in Sainte-Anne the volume of maize grown never represented more than 8 per cent of the total amount of wheat produced. 29 In both seigneuries the ratio, never large to begin with, declined over time. Agriculture was destined to become increasingly European in inspiration. 30 European animal species represented a third element of the peasant landscape of Sainte-Anne and Batiscan. In the first years of settlement, native species of animals undoubtedly formed a large part of the habitants' diet.

All the habitations have already made so much woodland over into arable land that they have splendid expanses of fields, and the woodland is already onequarter league removed from their houses ... "24 In this way, the process of settlement conflicted with the presence of the forest, a fact that bothered the sensibilities of the German officer to a certain extent and many subsequent English-speaking travellers. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, British and American travellers commented disparagingly on the lack of trees near the habitants' homes.

Nonetheless, the exact boundaries were not immediately defined. 342 hectares). "12 From the beginning, European settlement required the authority of the colonial state. Changes in royal policy account for the difference in size of the concessions of Batiscan and Sainte-Anne. After Louis xiv assumed direct control of the colony in the i66os, he expressed the desire to limit the size of seigneurial grants and to curtail the granting of seigneuries to religious orders. The details of the granting of lie SainteAnne to Michel Gamelain, probably in 1666, are not known,13 but it is clear that the seigneury extended over only a tiny area.

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