The Beaver Wars

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Higham, Chris AP History AP United States History (b. In what ways did the encounter between European settlers and Native Americans have devastating consequences for the Natives?) “The Beaver Wars” (1640’s- 1652) For the longest time the French and British never liked each other whether it is in Europe or the New World makes no difference. The biggest export in the New World was beaver skin and the imperial powers of Britain and France agreed on that. To secure access to Beaver breeding grounds the European powers would ally themselves to Native American tribes. The French allied themselves to the Huron and Algonquin tribes, living in central Ontario and New England, in 1609. France 's new allies had long been battling the Mohawks and the…show more content…
One of the most destructive conflicts was the King Philip 's war. The Wampanoag would form an alliance with the Pequot and the Mohegan tribes to fight against the colonist. This new alliance would be led by the Wampanoag chief, Metacom, who was known by the colonist as King Philip. Before this conflict started, Metacom’s father was Massasoit. Massasoit had helped the first English settlers establish Plymouth in 1620. Then more and more settlers would settle in present day massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine, sending Native Americans off their land. After Massasoit died in 1661 his eldest son, Wamsutta, became Chief but died suspiciously during a diplomatic visit to Plymouth. In 1662, Metacom became chief of the Wampanoags and he has his reasons as why he hates…show more content…
King Philip 's war turned out to be one of the bloodiest and destructive events in American history between Colonist and Native Americans. This conflict would claim the lives of 800 colonist and 3,000 Native Americans. The Colonist won this conflict due to sheer brutality. This event would foreshadow following events that would claim the lives of Native Americans. Both the Colonist and the Native Americans would use tactics called “ethnic cleansing”, which focuses on destroy the other sides villages and people. The male colonist would usually kill women and children and sometime they would kidnap and hold for
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