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Filles du Roi arriving in Quebec City in 1663.

Filles du Roi: How the King’s Daughters Populated Canada

In the 17th century, the colony of New France in modern day Québec faced a dire population problem that required an inventive solution. Without suitable wives, most men weren’t interested in settling in the colony: until King Lous XIV sent the Filles du Roi, the King’s Daughters.

Fordlandia by Odd Feed

Inside Ford’s Failed Utopia: The Story of Fordlandia

Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s attempt at building an industrialized utopia in the Amazon rainforest, is a story of hubris and failure on an impressive scale. The titan of American manufacturing thought he could create a picture-perfect, self-sustaining city that would produce rubber for Ford tires, but it never did.