The colonization of North America by the English began early in the seventeenth century. The goal: to limit Spanish expansion in the Americas. French colonization extends from south to north: Louisiana extends from the mouth of the Mississippi to the St. Lawrence River in Canada. But France is sending few settlers. This prevents the vast, sparsely populated western extension of the English colonies more populated. Many incidents broke out between French and English using the Indian tribes of the coast to go to war.