The Coureurs de Bois

The Coureurs de Bois
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  • We need to go explore and find more fur!
  • Since the Iroquois attacked the Huron, the French decided to go west and north to collect fur from the Aboriginal people themselves.
  • Many young men jumped at the chance for adventure. They were called the Coureurs de Bois.
  • We need your people to hunt for fur and we will buy them!
  • The Coureurs de Bois lived with the Aboriginals and learnt canoeing skills from the men. They also bought their fur.
  • Let me teach you how to use a canoe!
  • Sometimes the Aboriginals would come along with them to explore and hunt in the woods. They would go out for 12-14 hours per day and would only rest if necessary usually under extreme weather conditions.
  • On trading trips, the Aboriginal women were responsible for making food, setting up camps, carrying goods around the rapids, and mending clothes and canoes.
  • We have dinner ready for you!
  • The Coureurs de Bois lived with the Aboriginals for months and developed strong relationship with them. They married Aboriginal women and became part of the communities.
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