(economy/developement) The territory on the St-Lawrence River was subdivided into rectangles called Seigneuries that was a large estate granted to a seigneur. the siegneur divided the estate into portions that he gave away to the peasants called censitaires. they lived on the land, cultivated the ground, fished, and then gave a portion of his produce to the censitaires. this allowed censitaires to have acess to the waterways. The system promoted populating the territory.