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By W. J. Eccles

This account of the French period in Canada is the main unique remedy of the topic in over a century. The research and ideas within the first variation helped create an entire new college of considered Canadian historical past. Over 50,000 copies were utilized in school rooms in Canada and the us within the decade in view that its booklet. during this revised variation, the writer updates the bibliography and provides new rules complex within the Seventies that may make extra helpful nonetheless this acclaimed normal heritage of recent France.

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But the French really had little cause for concern on this score. html[1/17/2011 4:11:31 PM] page_32 < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 Iroquois to interpose themselves as middlemen. Moreover, the Iroquois, whose own territories were rapidly becoming denuded of fur-bearing animals, either had to seize new trapping grounds from other tribes or force those tribes to trade furs to them for European goods obtained from the traders on the Hudson or at Quebec. Economic factors alone made the Iroquois enemies of the Huron and northern Algonkin tribes.

It has to be noted, however, that they found it difficult to adjust to the strange environment. They were, in fact, ill suited to the task by training and by temperament; but if nothing else, they did make a beginning in establishing good relations with the Indians. This in no small measure aided the French fur traders, for whom the missionaries served as public relations officers. While the Recollets were establishing their mission in Huronia, Champlain was forced to accede to the demands of the Huron and Algonkin that he again provide them with military aid in their war with the Iroquois.

He was finally killed and, according to the Recollet missionary, Sagard, eaten by the Indians, whose moral standards, indulgent though they were, he had succeeded in outraging. 8 He was the first Frenchman, but by no means the last, to be completely assimilated by the Indians. By 1614 the trade in furs was proving so profitable that a new company was formed in France to ensure better backing for Champlain at Quebec. He was now able to make plans for a more stable settlement, bringing peasants to provide food for the trading staff so that the men at the post would not be totally dependent on food supplies brought from France.

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