The effects of Europeans on the First Nations part 2
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These religious figures that had enforced these ways were the missionaries that back in France were insighted with a vision that they should spread Roman Catholicism across the First Nations, and to open first schools for boys and then they later opened a school for girls too. However the First Nations resisted doing this so the missionaries started to use force, but in protest the First Nations made religious centres as primary targets of destruction.
Since the French weren't allowed to marry unless the wife was Catholic, many of the Courier de Bois that stayed at the First Nation villages fell in love with the woman there and hosted the wedding at their villages, therefore making it absolutely okay to marry the woman since there were no laws. Once married these couples made a new race called the Métis (meant mixed in French) which had improved the bond between the French and the First Nations, giving trading, war and many other benefits to both sides. Also, these relationships were hard to control for the missionaries since they were in such remote areas.
After more interactions of both sides (the French and the First Nations) they both noticed serious sicknesses after interacting with each other. They didn't know this, but since the French brought over their native diseases from France that they already had immunity to, the First Nations were left exposed to these new viruses and since they did not have immunity to them they got very sick and some died. This also happened vice versa, when the First Nations passed their native diseases to the French and the same thing happened to them. Although more people died on the First Nation side nearly wiping out a big part of their population.
The French also brought over alcohol to the First Nations. They also traded it for fur pelts, but the First Nations didn't know how to use it and then drank a whole bottle in one sitting of very strong alcohol. Of course, they got drunk, but this also prevented them from doing chores and courtesies for the tribe, therefore failing it. This left them a bad reputation, not only that they also severely damage their kidneys causing kidney failure and then death.
Yeah, I know! Are those beaver or deer pelts
That drink is very delicious it also makes me feel relaxed. Oh, and here is your fur
In conclusion, the cons that the Europeans brought to the FIrst Nations outnumber the pros. All of the harm that was done to the First Nations could have been avoided if both sides were to take their time and learn to understand each other, but instead, they acted carelessly, most of the time. Basically, this all happened because of miscommunication and carelessness and that's why the bad part of this history happened the way it did. Yet the First Nations survived and still retained to be a peaceful community.
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