The Spread of settlements and
the Building of Forts and Trading Posts

     The English were intent on building communities and expanding the farms and plantations that provided supplies for the settlers and tobacco and other products for shipment to England.  After 1630 the pace of arriving immigrants began to pick up.  Their settlements grew slowly, but became quite populous.

     The French were intent on expanding their access to the natural riches of the continent.  Their trading posts soon spread into the heart of the continent and their contacts with the native Americans increased.  Although the area they covered was quite vast, their population remained much smaller than the British population.

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