Hist the Huron, the Algonquin acted as the middlemen

Hist 114 FinalIntroduction: what is this paper about and what will you argue here. The Native American tribes Iroquois, Huron Algonquin and their willingness to trade with fur French and English traders greatly aided in the growth of the French colonies in North America.  The commercial exchanges and alliances between native tribes  Huron, Algonquin and Iroquois, and the Europeans thrust the natives into the French, English and Dutch market economy. The exchange through commercial contacts brought warfare, disease and financial prosperity. Europeans also brought Christianity …………… Entry to the MarketThe Huron, Algonquin and Iroquois all played a key part in the success of the market economy in the New World.  The Huron started out as the producers of the fur pelts, but when the population animals in their area dropped the Huron shifted from being the manufacturers of pelts, to trading pelts with others farther west.  Access to the pelts however, was not as easy for the Iroquois who obtained their wares by raiding Huron and Algonquin canoes.  Like the Huron, the Algonquin acted as the middlemen between the supplying tribes and the traders. Commercial Exchange DetailsTo the natives, trade wasn’t only a business matter.  There would often be feasts and celebrations accompanying the trading sessions, which lasted several days.  There would be a series of gifts, in which the traders would give many great gifts, therefore forcing the natives to match the value of those gifts, as was custom; in this subtle way, the traders gained more supplies for their time.  Huron and Algonquin knew how to arrange a good bargain; they refused to trade with anyone who couldn’t offer them support in their fight with the Iroquois, who stole their supplies.  This worked out in the favor of Champlain, since none of his competitors could offer the military support.  Even though the tribes knew how to make a good bargain in terms of military support, the French took advantage of their ignorance in terms of rules of international trade and the connection between monopolies and prices.Alliance and Changes FromAn essential part of the trade growth in North America was the alliances formed.  The Huron formed an alliance with champlain, who could help them fight the iroquois.  After Champlain undertook a military offensive against the Iroquois for a third time, their alliance was cemented.  The alliance between the traders and the Algonquin and Huron was especially strong because the traders knew the allies wouldn’t side with their competitors, since they (competitors) couldn’t offer the support needed against the Iroquois.  Unfortunately, such close contact between the Huron and Iroquois also meant disease was spread.  By the mid-1630s, multiple epidemics raged in the northeast and killed off more than half of both populationsSpecific changeWith anything new comes change, and the North American natives were no exception.  One thing that came with trading was more advanced weapons.  The muskets trader for by the Iroquois, specifically the Mohawks, from the Dutch enabled them to destroy other nations, including the huron.  Before they were decimated, the Huron’s substantial control of the goods manufactured greatly boosted their standings in the nations surrounding the Great Lakes. The arrival of the fur traders also spurred an alliance between the Algonquin and the Huron; the Huron took the head of this alliance, since they were a larger nation.  Arrival of the French, Dutch and English brought a new horror to the native, alcohol.  They said their fake white friends brought a tyrant, drink.  While first used in moderation, it soon became a widespread drink.  The men would get together, and the women carried off anything they could use to hurt themselves and hid in the woods with their children, and they would get drunk and kill eachother.  They said their fake white friends brought a tyrant, drink.Role of religionReligion played a large part in the Native-European alliance, especially the introduction of Christianity.  The missionaries who taught the Americans were called Jesuits; instead of trying Europeanize the natives, they learned their culture and acted as friends, as well as missionaries.  The Huron did not widely accepted Christianity, but they did tolerate the Jesuits in the beginning, since they didn’t want to lose their trade partners and in return, the Jesuits ensured the villages had a good supply of European goods, especially guns.  The Iroquois didn’t widley accept christianity; instead they let the Jesuits act as diplomatic representatives to the traders.   Some Algonquin, however did accept christianity; there is even a Algonquian Catholic saint, Kateri Tekakwitha.  Kateri was a half-Algonquian girl, who when she was baptised, was rejected by her people.  She went to live in a Jesusite run Native village, where she died at the age of 24.   The commercial relationships formed between the Huron, Algonquin and Iroquois and the were crucial in the growth of the economy in the land that is now Canada.  Their partial conversion to christianity and their relationship with the jesuits is a complex thing.