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The government of New France evolved throughout its history from the first settlement to the British arrival. The first settlements usually had a designated leader of the colony who under charter from the King of France was given various rights to settle the area. He was also required to fulfill certain specific objectives as laid out in the charter. The other interested parties in the settlement were the investors in the project who were usually business groups in France with several members.

As New France matured the Royal Government took a much more direct hand in running the colonies and they were eventually unified as New France with an appointed governor in Quebec City. As the rivalry with England heated up, another figure began to share the power of leadership with the governor and that was the military commander. The confused and shifting relationship between the two caused friction in New France and did not always provide for a clean cut process for resolving issues or answering challenges. The habitants were more connected to local affairs in their daily lives through their relationship with the Seigniorial and a defined system or relationship between the two developed that produced specific expectations and responsibilities between the two.