The Compagnies Franches de la Marine of Canada

Toward the Creation of an Empire

The garrison was now firmly established in New France, where the armed forces had taken root and dominated the government. The Canadian militia was well organized and a redoutable combat force. The colony's enemies, whether British, American or Amerindian, could not overcome its revolutionary fighting tactics. Military officers in New France could aspire to consolidate their positions by establishing a network of forts from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Great Lakes to the great sea in the west, and sweep away all opposition to their grandiose vision.