The King's Soldiers


The success of the Carignan-Salières Regiment ensured an era of peace and prosperity in New France. The colonists could finally settle down to their tasks without having to fear constantly for their lives. The forts along the Richelieu not only inhibited all movement from the south but also provided bases from which to carry war into the heart of Iroquois country. In other words, the initiative had passed into the hands of the French. The routes to the West and its territory rich in fur lay open to their explorers and traders. Finally, the nations annihilated by the Iroquois were replaced by Ottawas, Ojibwas and Algonquins as trading partners and military allies. The military campaigns had indeed bestowed enormous benefits on New France.