The very first houses built by the settlers here, in the heart of the forest, were very rudimentary and provisional shelters. After making sure they had somewhere to live, the colonists recreated the style of daily life they knew in France. While taking their inspiration from the styles that were specific to their provinces of origin, the new arrivals surrounded themselves with furniture that was adapted to the climate and the materials available to them. Gradually, they filled their homes with furniture that was both varied and useful: chests, armoires, sideboards, dressers, hutches, seats, tables benches, stools, armchairs, chairs, clocks and common and decorative objects. At the same time, parishes and communities built furniture to decorate their chapels and churches.