the possessions of France in North America prior to 1763.
The territory in North America controlled and settled by France before the British won control in 1763. After this, part of the area became known as Quebec.
New France was the name given to all the new territories taken by the French since the XVIIth century. At one time, the territory of New France sprawled from Hudson Bay to the mouth of the Mississippi. It comprised Newfoundland and the whole of Labrador south to Maine. The name ceased to be used after the final conquest of New France by England in 1760.