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Un curé célèbre le mariage de deux époux à l'intérieur d'une église. Quelques invités assistent à la cérémonie. / A parish priest celebrates the wedding of a couple inside a church. A few guests are in attendance.

Le mariage de Lucien, undated

in Paul Saunière, Monseigneur, undated
Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Library, 429.6


In New France, marriage and births were considered to be extremely important, and the law tended to favour them by granting privileges. According to colonial legislation, it was readily accepted that a fourteen-year-old girl married a sixteen-year-old boy. And that was for a good reason: young and healthy, the couple's fertility would more likely last longer, which meant an increase in the population of the colony. Favours were thus granted to fathers who accepted to marry off their young adolescents, and presents from the king were given to families of ten or more children. On the other hand, men who refused to get married received penalties such as being banned from hunting and participating in the fur trade.