The colonial government penalized those who did not marry with prohibitions on hunting, fishing and trading–the very livelihoods of these settlers.
There was no time for frivolity–practicality was of the essence.
In French Canada during the era of settlement in the 17th century, the luxury of free time to spend on courting didn’t exist.
Courting was rooted in the era of arranged marriages, though the couple and their feelings often played an important role.
Still, families often met to discuss how this marriage would benefit not only the bride and groom, but the respective clans.
In Northern European Jewish culture from the Middle Ages until even the 20th century, families arranged marriages where the love of the two young people was a prominent factor.
However, not every couple was so lucky, and this may be one reason courtship developed.