Canadian Military History Gateway
Subject > Soldiers, Warriors and Leaders > Roles and Professions
Date > 1500 > 1510-1519
Resource Type > Document
The soldiers accompanying early expeditions worked for private businesses, not for the state. Many were veterans of European wars, or gentlemen seeking land or gold.
Soldiers were organized into companies of about 50. Their leader, the company captain, was responsible for recruiting, training and disciplining his men.