Of these, a detachment took part in establishing the sovereignty of England in Acadia.
That peninsular region—abounding in harbors and in forests; rich in its ocean fisheries and in the product of its rivers; near to a continent that invited to the chase and the fur-trade; having, in its interior, large tracts of alluvial soil—had become dear to its inhabitants, who beheld around them the graves of their ancestors for several generations.
It was the oldest French colony in North America.
There the Bretons had built their dwellings sixteen years before the Pilgrims reached the shores of New England.
With the progress of the respective settlements, sectional jealousies and religious bigotry had renewed their warfare; the off-
chap. VIII.} 1755. spring of the Massachusetts husbandmen were taught to abhor Popish cruelties and Popish superstitions; while Roman Catholic missionaries persevered in propagating the faith of their church among the villages of the Abenakis.