The French Colonies In North America

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The French colonies in North America did not attract many settlers; therefore the French also enslaved Native Americans in farming and mining. The French exploited existing inter-tribal alliances and rivalries to establish trade with the Huron, Montagnais and the Algonquis. This tribe then competed to be the exclusive intermediaries between other Indian traders who also lived along the St. Lawrence River and up to the Great Lakes. Native Americans did the majority of the work, tracking, trapping and skinning the animals. The French traders then exchanged textiles, weapons and metal goods for the furs of animals. This trade strengthened traditional clan leader’s positions by allowing these tribes to distribute the goods to their clan members,

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