An Abstract of Chapter 5: Canada to 1663. [book auth.] J.M. Bumsted. The Peoples of Canada: A Pre-Confederation History

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Chapter 5: Canada to 1663. [book auth.] J.M. Bumsted. The Peoples of Canada: A Pre-Confederation History. s.l. : Oxford University Press, 2003.

New France’s population during the 17th century initially failed, moreover hostile action and carrying alien disease is how the Europeans’ implemented invasion and accidentally spread microbial warfare upon what once was a strong population of Huron and Iroquois.

For over 50 years, the St Lawrence colony failed to develop in population. This was partially due to constant attack by the Iroquois. However women lived there with more freedom with the right to catechize, so it’s not a mystery why there was such an immense interest to do missionary work. (1) By 1661 roughly fewer than 3000 people populated what is now Québec. In the following years, King Louis XIV of France made New France into a royal province making it more secure than ever before. (2)The Natives viewed the new settlers as a great threat to their livelihood and thought if they (Natives) were to survive they must act with hast to put these “black robes” to death.

If it (death) thought to be a coincidence, it quickly dismissed when the “black robes” arrived in a village and a healthy population died from sickness. The Huron theorized spells being cast through the missionaries’ prayers and “big wood (firearms)” as an explanation to why their people were having a timely demise. (3)In conclusion, through the Europeans initial adaptation struggles and hostility from the Natives, New France failed early on to successfully colonize. While little to the Europeans knowledge, the Natives were slowing dying of illness, which their bodies were not immune. If these diseases brought over from Europe, had not existed perhaps what is now Canada would be completely different from its current accompaniment. (2)Bibliography1. "Ces Amazones du...