The Sovereign Council of New France was a political body appointed by the King of France and consisting of a Governor General, an intendant and a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. All were answering to the French Minister of the Marine. The members of the council were chosen as part of the French nobility.
The introduction of this government cancelled the contract with the Compagnie de la Nouvelle France which apparently, had failed to organize the establishement of thousands of colonists in America. The institution lasted from its introduction in 1663 to the fall of New France in 1760.
The Sovereign Council included a dozen officials who were fully responsible for all legislative, executive, and judicial matters.
The governor of this new regime was the direct representant of the king of France and was responsible for defense and diplomatic relations.
The intendant was responsible for economic affairs and trade, the administration of justice, finance, settlement and seigneurialism.
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