North American Indian #17
The North American Indians played a huge role in the development of the colonists by helping them survive the first winter, supporting the fur trade, and reluctantly giving the colonists land.
North Americans were at first very friendly to the colonists. They saved them by showing how to farm the land, and what animals were easy to hunt. The Indians showed them different types of plants that could be used for medicine, and also helped build their houses for the winter. All of these acts saved the colonists from dying in their first winter in North America. The colonists started to develop a couple years later, and really started to flourish when Europeans would pay incredible amounts of money for their goods. An example of these goods would be fur, predominantly beaver fur. The Indians could get fur pelts with ease due to the experience while the colonists could not get fur as easily because of the lack of experience. Therefore, the colonists would trade the Indians Rum, spices, and guns for the fur, which was then turned around and sold to the Europeans. This trade system made the colonists flourish and as they got more powerful the more land they needed. The colonists moved into the Native Americans land, and this caused heavy conflict between the two groups. Although some of the Indian groups remained neutral, most picked one side or the other. Later on in the battles the Indians that tried to stay neutruel ended up being killed, and this caused North amercia to be split into two groups ( colonist and Indians). The videos below provide a good summary and description the wars/conflicts.