The European World Europeans came from an acquisitive capitalist culture that valued individual wealth and accomplishment. Note that 10, years earlier a mere instant in geologic time the continent had been much colder; indeed many of the forests Europeans encountered had been in the South onlyyears.
They established a fur trade alliance with the Iroquois confederacy, the most powerful Native American empire in 17th-century North America. The Europeans often paid Indians to work for them.
The Dutch settled what would become New York State. Serious smallpox epidemics struck the southern interior in,andkilling thousands of Indians during every outbreak. Only when Indians went to war—either against each other or against one of the European powers—did deer and other get a prolonged respite from native hunters.
Native people often insisted that European traders engage in traditional practices such as preliminary gift-giving and smoking tobaccobut native rituals associated with hunting probably became less important as Indians engaged in market hunting.
Owning land was extremely important to the European settlers. Native farmers primarily women then planted corn, beans, and squash together in hills beneath the dead and dying trees.
Students may come to recognize how the later period of continued exploration, settlement, and interaction was influenced by these early encounters from the St. Although Native Americans did most of the work, tracking, trapping, and skinning the animals and transporting the pelts to French traders, they drove hard bargains for their furs.
Disease epidemics had similar effects on native populations in northern North America. Some students like Ulrich B.