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Term: intendant (Fr.)

Definition: an office in New France imposed by the King from 1663 as a civil administrator who controlled law and order, finances, and other issues, responsibilities complemented and counterbalanced by those of the Governor General. The first effective Intendant was Jean Talon (q.v) whose competency gave the French colony long-term stability. The Governor and the Intendant both reported to the French Minister of the Navy.

[Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume I (1000 to 1700), University of Toronto Press, 1966.]
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