- Intendant of New France
New Francewas governed by three rulers: the governor, the bishop and the intendant, all appointed by the King, and sent from France. The intendant was responsible for finance, economic development, and the administration of justice (law and order). He also presided over the Conseil souverain. Because of his extensive powers, there were often disputes over jurisdiction between the governor and the intendant.
The first intendant of New France was
Jean Talon, appointed in 1665when the colony became a royal province of France. It was Talon who took the first censusof the colony in 1666.
*Intendants' names are recorded as given in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
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