Around 1750, New France had a little less than 55,000 inhabitants occupying the vast territory that stretched from Newfoundland to Louisiana. The French who lived there were experiencing mounting pressure from the American colonies whose English population had reached approximately 1,500,000 at the time! The English had already attempted to conquer French territory on several occasions.

War always has multiple impacts on people's lives. In this regard, the wars of old are no different from modern ones. During the conflicts in Canada between 1690 and 1814, privateering touched and transformed all areas of the settlers' daily lives.

Access to the river and sea was essential for supplies, trade and migration. During wartime, the privateers impeded or permitted the transportation of supplies, captured ships and took prisoners.
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