Every summer, French vendors travelled to New France to sell their wares. Local merchants perceived this to be an unfair situation, since the stallholders' expenses were lower than those of the local merchants, and they were able to attract clients by offering their goods at vil prix [extremely low prices]. Although the stallholders were subject to certain restrictions determined by the King, including a prohibition on trading with the Aboriginal peoples, the Canadians felt that their presence resulted in a loss of capital. Nevertheless, the Court of Versailles remained indifferent to their complaints.

The Travelling Vendors
Petition addressed to Charles-Jean-Baptiste de Fleuriau, Comte de Morville, Minister and Secretary of State, by the traders and merchants of Canada, complaining about the stallholders, ca. 1724
FR CAOM COL C11A 46 fol. 51-53