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.