Sometimes I think about the languages my ancestors spoke-- French, on my mother's side; Irish, on my father's; and wonder how they both managed to disappear in the United States, so that everyone speaks English there now. Ireland... that's a long story, and I won't go into that here; but in the 1600s, France was the most powerful country in Europe. How did it manage to lose the American colonies? It's especially astonishing when you see the territory France claimed around 1700. The little British colonies squashed against the east coast must have felt hemmed in by the vast power of France.
Do you know what I think happened to New France?
This is what.