SAT Subject US History Practice Question 16: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 16

4. Before 1754 French activity in North America was directed primarily toward

A. open warfare with Spanish colonists along the West Coast
B. religious conversion of the Native Americans
C. establishing the fur trade with the Native Americans
D. border warfare with the British colonists
E. building large cities along the Mississippi River

Correct Answer: C


The main purpose of the French in North America was to gain profits from the fur trade. French missionaries were involved in religious con- version, but that was a minor expense of energy and effort compared with the business affairs of the fur trade.

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