Isn't it amazing that we have all this land to ourselves.
A number of First Nations peoples occupied the area that became New France. These included the Montagnais, the Algonquin, the Huron, and the Five Nations Iroquois. The Huron and Iroquois had been rivals for a long time.
I know sometimes I feel like we are the luckiest people.
Do you have the beaver fur coat that I asked for?
And although they were already rivals, the creation of the fur trade increased their rivalry.
Yes I do, and I can see that you have the stack of coins that I asked for.
I gathered you all today to announce that we are going to expand our territory in order to receive more goods from the French.
If a First Nation could expand its territory, it could catch more beavers and obtain more goods in return from the French.
Yes, I'm so happy!
The Huron then persuaded Champlain to help them attack the Iroquois who lived to the South.
We are getting close to the Iroquois village, I can feel it.
Champlain recorded in his diary what happened that day, these are his words, "I rested my arquebus [an early shotgun] against my cheek and aimed directly at one of the three chiefs. With the same shot, two of them fell to the ground."
After the great battle between the Huron and the Iroquois, Champlain decided to name the nearby lake after himself, hence the name Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is in New York State.
I think that I am going to name this lake Lake Champlain in memory of the great battle between the Huron and the Iroquois.