Military Considerations and Colonial Town Planning: France and New France in the Seventeenth Century

  • Gilbert A. StelterEmail author


This chapter provides a historical account of the grid-pattern design of the French bastide towns as the most significant model for France’s New World expansion during the seventeenth century. Endowed with both political and agricultural functions by making agricultural expansion possible through the political process of colonization, the author considers the classical roots of this urban model during the European Renaissance and then examines its use in France and New France as a military strategy of fortified urban design. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the territorial conflicts between France and England during the mid-eighteenth century, which had disastrous effects for France’s colonial settlements in North America.


France New France Bastides Plantation towns Grid Agro-villes Colonization Fortifications 


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  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

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