Price they Paid
Sadly, the Aboriginal
peoples of North America also suffered for their involvement in
the fur trade. The fur trade created competition that led to wars
between First Nations peoples. In the 1600s, the Iroquois wiped
out their main rivals - the Huron, the Susquehanne and the Seneca
- and became the most powerful First Nations people in the east.
not even war could not stop the greatest enemy of the Iroquois.
moved through the continent, they brought with them European diseases
such as smallpox. These diseases wiped out as much as 75 percent
of First Nations peoples.
Adding to war
and disease, traditional ways of life were further demolished as
Aboriginal peoples turned to new ways of living and alcohol. It
is only in recent times that First Nations and Inuit peoples have
been able to begin to reclaim their culture and their place.
to more information
the history of the First Nations in Canada:
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:
Nations in Canada
About Iroquois and Huron history
Indian and Northern Affairs:
First Nations Histories
three ways did First Nations people help Europeans in North
America? And what three ways were they harmed by the fur trade
and contact with Europeans? Be specific.
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