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Examining relations between the French and Native Americans in the 17th Century

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French-Indian Contact Although many people believe that the European settlers wanted to wipe out the first nation people in North America, it is not so true when it comes to the French people. The French unlike the English settlers did not have the mentality in their mind to take everything away from the Indians, and conquer as much land as possible. New France began as a fishing ground, and a fur trade industry, however slowly started to expand into a colony. Unlike the British, the French developed their colonies in lands that were not inhabited by the Indians at that time. The early contact of the French with the Indians in the 17th century did benefit both parties; however the French were benefited more. The French were benefited in ways such as how to survive in the new world, and their home country France was also benefited by New France. ...read more.


An example of that can be using snowshoes to get from one place to another during winter times. As well using bark canoes to travel the St. Lawrence River. This all contributed greatly towards the survival of the French people in the New World, and it is all thanks to the Indians. Therefore the French gained greatly, where they were thought the key aspect about migrating to a new world, which is to survive. The French did benefit a good deal from the Indians in New France, where they were thought many techniques about how to survive. However, New France and especially France benefited greatly from French-Indian contacts. France as time went passed started to expand, where the two nations (Indians and French) were starting to merge into one colony. Although they never did merge completely, New France was still able to get many Indians to join them. The French intention was to make the Indian's become Christian, and adopt a French lifestyle. ...read more.


If the French were never thought how to develop a cure for scurvy, the whole colonization by the French in the new world might have taken a lot longer accomplish. Many other methods of survival were also thought to the French such as; proper dieting, use of medical plants, using snowshoes, and bark canoes. French-Indian contact also benefited the economy in New France, and power of France. New France progressed due to having Indians converting from their lifestyle, to the French lifestyle. This included living like the French and believing in Christianity. By the Indians doing this New France was colonizing a lot quicker due to combined technology, better relationship in trading, and the Indians showing French how to get around in the New World. As New France progressed, France back at home also benefited. New France was royal to France, and therefore France was also gaining power. It was expanding its wealth in the new world. Therefore in conclusion, it can be stated that the French did benefit a good deal from French-Indian contact, both socially, and economically. ...read more.

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