|English: An Iroquois longhouse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Iroquois lived in the area that had the St. Lawrence as its northern
border.From there they spread south throughout what we would
identify today as New England.
Although not exactly happy with the arrival of smelly, hairy white peoplethey took advantage of the opportunity to obtain the interesting new
goods that the fur trade brought them.
Unfortunately the smelly, hairy people also brought guns which theIroquois quickly learned to use and soon beavers were in short supply.
So the Iroquois started to look north at land along theSt. Lawrence River where their traditional enemy the
Huron tribe lived.
The Hurons were, if you remember, allied with the French.
They were also vulnerable because in 1639 a small pox epidemichad killed at least half of them.
Iroquois tribes got through with them.
Algonquian speaking tribes - the Cree, the Mi'kmaq, etc.
Fearful for their own survival and angry at the loss of this potential market
the Iroquois started to attack the French settlers.
This is the time of the horrific Indian raids which included scalping and killing
the men and carrying off the women and children.
Things got so bad that eventually the King of France sent in the troops
and the Iroquois decided to negotiate a peace.
The English* are in New England, the French are in New Franceand the Iroquois are in the land between them.
Like this is going to last.
New England was settled mostly by Puritans and Pilgrims who left England after the English civil war in order to find a safe place to practise their faith.