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The Seigneural System

The Seigneural system
The seigneurial system was a system of dividing land in New France. 

Land was arranged in long strips, called seigneuries, along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Each piece of land belonged to the lord, or seigneur. The seigneur divided the land further among his tenants, known as censiteurs or habitants, who cleared the land, built houses and other buildings, and farmed the land. The habitants paid taxes to the seigneur (the cens and the rentes, or "cents and rents"), and were usually required to work for their seigneur for three days per year, often building roads (the corvee)

Seigneuries were often divided into a number of areas. There was a common area on the shore of the river, behind which was the best land and the seigneurs estate itself. There was also one or more sets of farmland, not adjacent to the river, immediately behind the first set.

Watch this video on the Seigneural System and answer the questions on your worksheet.

Watch this video of the Seigneural system build in Mindcraft.