First Contacts III

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First Contacts III: The French 04/02/2009 11:04:00 1. New France and her native neighbors, 1608-1629 2. Jesuits in Canada’s “Heroic Age,” 1632-1663 3. Structure and goals of missionization in early Canada  Context of French colonization in America explains the relatively light footprint of the French in North  America.  They are one of the last European nations to come to North America; they get the “table scraps” of  places to go in North America; they get the extreme fringe of habitable areas.  French have a minimal investment in   North America; not engaging in intense colonization.  The French, like the Spanish, had few men, few people all around.   The fur trade and missionary work were their main venues in North America, and they realized that  cooperation and accommodation with Native people was essential for their success.  The French have almost  nothing resembling the territory expansion like the Anglo-American colonies.   The French engage in native polities that have not been exposed to diseases until the 1630s; they are  dealing with polities that are quite formidable and sizable.  Of all of the three, the French have the most receptivity  of  mestissage , intermarriage with Native women.  This really helped them with their relations with Native people;  the French would be incorporated into a kin system and they would be regarded as reliable and trustworthy. The key thing that sustained the French was their willingness to offer assistance to Native people with  resistance against other indigenous people.  Gift of firearms; regarded as reliable military allies.
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