Developed as an educational and informative online tool by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Virtual Museum of New France explores various aspects of France's involvement in the New World throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. First-time visitors may want to start by taking A Photographic Exploration of Canada, which offers a visual overview of the land as the first French explorers might have encountered it. The photographs are rather evocative, and can be browsed by various themes (such as explorers or trade) or by geographic region. Another section, titled The Explorers, will be equally informative as it features brief essays on some of New Frances' most celebrated explorers, such as Champlain, Cartier, Marquette, and Nicollet. Additionally, there are some fine visual exhibits provided by the Museum, including "Settling in New France," "Personal Hygiene in Canada, 1660-1835," and "The Education of Children in New France." Overall, the site will be helpful for young people learning about European exploration and settling of this part of North America, and for those with a general interest in the exploration of what is now modern-day Canada and the Great Lakes.
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