I need a answer today. Prior to Richard White’s work, there was an unrealstic idea that the French were more naturally inclined to form bonds of brotherhood with Native Americans than the English or Spanish. How did Richard White dispel this idea? Use information from the the passage to support your answer. This is what you will need to answer and prove your answer to this question. To begin, French‐Native American relations in the Pays d′en Haut were so different from
European‐Native American interaction in general across North and South America because of
extensive cultural exchange. French fur‐trappers and traders populated the Great Lakes region
and funneled countless pelts to forts and outposts as a way of earning their livelihood. In the
course of his activities, a fur‐trapper would become acquainted with countless Native American
tribes and communities across the region. This acquaintance tended to result in greater
cooperation. There was a very romantic idea, previous to Richard White’s work, that the French
were more naturally inclined to form bonds of brotherhood with Native Americans than the
English or Spanish. White argues that this theory ignores the important circumstances that are
particular to the Pays d′en Haut.
Power is one of the most important things to consider when studying the French‐Native
American relations in the Great Lakes region. French settlers were not able to dominate their
exchanges with the Indians of the Pays d′en Haut in the way the English and Spanish were able to
overrun the Indian populations they encountered. French fur‐trappers and traders were forced
to deal with the Indians on equal terms. This parity, or sameness, forced Native Americans and
French settlers to make certain deals and compromises, and become more accustomed to each
other. This led to a level of cultural exchange that was unparalleled in North America at the time.
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