Category Archives: European Settlement

Introduction of Alcohol to Early North American Native Societies

By examining the introduction of alcohol to the First Nations of the North Eastern America, one can better understand early European and Native Americans interactions.  Alcohol was a unique commodity in the trading relationships that were slowly altering the cultural … Continue reading

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Land Ownership and Clash of Cultures

This article summarizes the main points of my larger paper by the same title. The research project aimed to compare and contrast English and North American Indian conceptions of land ownership during the colonial period of 1500-1800.  By establishing how … Continue reading

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The Decline and Dispersal of the Huron-Wyandot in the mid 17th century

The Huron-Wyandot are a particularly fascinating group in Eastern Canada. They were successful farmers, traders, and trappers. However, Eastern Canada in the mid-17th century witnessed the decline and dispersal of this Indian group. The 17th century was a complex time … Continue reading

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European Perspectives on the Newfoundland Beothuk

The Beothuk were a tribe that lived on the island of Newfoundland for centuries, until their extinction in 1829. They are regarded as one of the least understood people to have lived in present-day Canada, because of the reclusive nature … Continue reading

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French and English Rivalry in Canada

                         The capture of Louisbourg was quite an accomplishment in Great Britain’s history. Many books have discussed France’s naval disaster and the capture of Louisbourg in great detail, along with the failure of France to regain their territory. However, what … Continue reading

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The Acadian Expulsion in Atlantic Canada

In order to understand the impact of the Great Expulsion on the Acadian peoples, one must first be familiar with the history of the Acadian settlement.  The Acadian people originated from various villages in France, and after a long journey … Continue reading

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The Narragansett Indians

The study of New England has provided a detailed view of the interactions between the Europeans and Native tribes. A group of European settlers who impacted Native communities were the English Puritans. The Puritans were a religious group who left … Continue reading

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