Relationship Between French English And Indians

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William Orr HIST 1311 Reaction Paper 1 October 13, 2009 Relationships between the French, English and Indians The 17th and 18th centuries were times of expansion for the French, English, and Indians, as each of the three wanted more land because they believed the amount of land owned was directly proportional to the power and success of their colony. However, the Indians did a lot more to stay out of conflicts than the English or French. Their mindset, unlike the English and French, was to stay at peace with everyone. Eventually the Iroquois chose to join with British, but only because they really had no choice. From the beginning, the Indians weren’t very sure which colonies they should befriend and which colonies they should stay away from. Early in the 17th century they were being forced to join certain religions that they had never heard…show more content…
They originally had a lot of the land that was taken over by the French and English. The hostility they showed towards Mary Rowlandson and her tribe was fierce, but could have been worse. They did not kill everyone, and eventually freed them. It seemed that the only thing that got Rowlandson through captivity was her dependence on God, as she mentions Him numerous times and refers to her Bible as “my guide by day, and my pillow by night” (Rowlandson, 25). When she was in captivity by the Indians, she could tell they weren’t Christians, which frightened her because she was used to always being around other English Christians. The relationship between the English and French is a different story. For many years in Europe they had fought each other, and that just carried over into the New World with them. The Seven Years War was just between the French and English, and the only reason the Iroquois got involved was because they wanted to save “their” Ohio, and believed the British had the best chance of taking over
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