AP US History
DON’T FORGET NEW FRANCE
Preparing for the AP US History Exam
Most APUSH teachers devote special attention to the distinctive characteristics of New Spain. In fact, the Spanish encomienda system has generated a significant number of questions. However, it is important to not neglect New France. Be sure to emphasize that French traders and trappers dominated the lucrative fur trade. Beaver skins were France’s major “cash crop.” French fur traders developed a cooperative relationship with Native American tribes by using economic trade and intermarriage to expand their influence. Native Americans reciprocated by incorporating selected French practices into their own cultures.