But the days if the Great Huron Trade Circle came to a close with Iroquois invasions from the south in 1648-49. The tribes of the Iroquois League and the Huron had been traditional enemies for generations. The Iroquois also had become enemies of theFrench after several hostile encounters with Champlain and his forces, and had begun a trade realtionship with the Dutch, who supplied them with firearms. When beaver became hard to find in their own country, the Iroquois looked to Huron country in the northern woods for a fresh supply so they could keep up their trade. The well-armed and well-organized Iroquois launched many rais into Huron territory. The Huron burned their own villages as they scattered in retreat through the countryside. The Iroquois captured Jesuit missionaries who stayed behind, burning some at the stake. In the following years, the powerful Iroquois also attacked other tribes in the area, disrupting French fur trade and settlement. MIGRATIONS: A small group of Huron managed to find safety among the French and were granted reserve lands at Lorette near Quebec City, where their descendants now live. Some Huron merged with other tribes for a time, such as the Tionontati, but eventually began a series of migrations in the 1600s and 1700s to territory that became the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. They became known by their Native name rather than the French one. The Wyandot fought the British in Ottowa Pontiac's Rebellion in 1763. Yet they sided with the British in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. By 1842, the Wyandot had solf off all their lands east of the Mississippi River and moved to the part of the Indian Territory that became Wyandotte County, Kansas. In 1867, however, the Wyandot were relocated in the northeastern part of new Indian Territory, which later became the state of Oklahoma. Their descendants still live their today as the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma. This, like many Indian tribes, the Huron-Wyandot presently have membersin both the United States and Canada. Tribal members in Ontario sponsor the annual Wyandot Homeland Gathering every summer at Ossassane in Midland.
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