Theme 4. The French in North America Michael Fowkes
Canada and IroqoiaThe Fur Trade
Canada and IroquoiaCanada
Canada and Iroquoia The Five Nations
Canada and IroquoiaJesuits Wearing long robes the Jesuits became known as Indians as the Black Robes. Rather than compel Indians to learn French tend relocate into new mission towns, the Jesuits mastered the native languages and went into their villages to build churches. Diseases that accompanied the Jesuits from Europe especially complicated their mission.
French America opportunity Most French who did emigrate to Canada significantly improved their status and standard of living. Women were relatively few and almost all quickly married, when widowed , they just as rapidly remarried. Like Dutch law, French law treated wives as equal economic partners with their husbands.
French AmericaThe Upper Country The New French dwelled on a long but narrow thread of farms strung along both banks of St. Lawrence River between Quebec and Montreal. In the upper country, the Indians and the French gradually developed and effective alliance based upon mutual accommodations on what the historian Richard White has called “ the middle ground.” The Iroquois destruction of the Huron during the 1640s had disrupted the French fur trade.