"Oh Heigh Oh, or, A View of the Back Settlements". Published by Matthew Darly in 1776. The print alludes to the region that is now Ohio which was then part of New France. Unlike the thirteen colonies on the eastern seaboard, New France was never effectively colonized and the population remained small. Since the main interest of the French was commercial exploitation (the basis of the economy was the fur trade), communities remained only frontier outposts.

"Oh Heigh Oh, or, A View of the Back Settlements". Published by Matthew Darly in 1776. The print alludes to the region that is now Ohio which was then part of New France. Unlike the thirteen colonies on the eastern seaboard, New France was never effectively colonized and the population remained small. Since the main interest of the French was commercial exploitation (the basis of the economy was the fur trade), communities remained only frontier outposts.

Étui, 1774-1775 France, Gold. Made to hold sealing wax, which was purchased as a stick. One end of the wax stick would be heated until it begins to melt, at which point it would be dabbed onto a folded letter to seal it. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Étui, 1774-1775 France, Gold. Made to hold sealing wax, which was purchased as a stick. One end of the wax stick would be heated until it begins to melt, at which point it would be dabbed onto a folded letter to seal it. Metropolitan Museum of Art

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