Fur Trade Rivalry

Early French missionaries and fur traders established close ties with the Huron in what is now south-western Ontario, while the British fur traders forged alliances with the Iroquois to the south. Frequent skirmishes between the two factions culminated in 1648-49 when the Iroquois launched a campaign in which they devastated the Huron nation, and slaughtered the French they encountered in the process.

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