The King's Daughters French : filles du roi or filles du roy in the spelling of the era is a term used to refer to the approximately young French women who immigrated to New France between and as part of a program sponsored by King Louis XIV. The program was designed to boost New France's population both by encouraging male colonizers to settle there, and by promoting marriage, family formation and the birth of children. While women and girls certainly immigrated to New France both before and after this time period, they were not considered to be filles du roi , as the term refers to women and girls who were actively recruited by the government and whose travel to the colony was paid for by the king. Age distribution of the filles du roi —; most were young women aged between 16 and New France, at its start, was mostly populated by men: soldiers, fur traders, and priests. The colony became more agricultural and by the midth century there was a severe imbalance between single men and women in New France.
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The experience of women in early New England differed greatly and depended on one's social group acquired at birth. Puritans , Native Americans , and people coming from the Caribbean and across the Atlantic, were the three largest groups in the region, the latter of these being smaller in proportion to the first two. Puritan communities were characteristically strict, religious, and in constant development. The separate colonies that formed around Massachusetts and Rhode Island began as centralized towns that expanded quickly during the seventeenth century.