Fur Trade (Phase 1)
The Europeans and First Nations traded among each other very often. Yet, the British and French had different views on how to deal with the Mi’kmaq and Stadaconans. French people took a friendlier approach, forming a positive alliance. Unlike the French, the British maintained a strictly business relationship with their trading partners. They did not muddle their relations by trying to convert the First Nations like the French eventually did. British explorers did not make permanent settlement at the time. They simply fished and traded. Goods such as knives, pots, pans, weapons, glass beads and iron goods were traded for skins. Flakes were made on land to preserve the fish, but men did not live at these throughout their lives. For the French, however, ships were home. Flaking was not used by them. They used a technique which used salt to keep fresh their catch. First Nations groups were greatly affected by the growing population of European men that came overseas to fish and trade. As the years passed by, the trade became lesser and lesser beneficial to the ‘savages’ as Europeans called them. The French and British gradually gathered that the limited means of communication meant advantages for them. Slowly, they started taking more and giving less. In a twisted way, the two countries were on the same team, fighting to undervalue the ‘savages’. While the First Nations were most likely aware of this, they did not do anything to prevent it for many years. In this way, both groups were affected and their relationships more strained. Competition played a big role in the fur trade. British and French were born to compete; it was in the blood of any young explorer. At stake was the environment, constantly hacked at by the minds of the French and British. The kings were as vigilant and somewhat greedy to supply the demand of their respective countries, at any cost. They ordered that the cod be fished at a steady pace and pelts gained more...
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