Relationship Between the Europeans and the Native Indians


The issues of many societies that have been colonized are very difficult to deal with. Most of North America was under European colonialism. Different European powers like France, Spain, and Britain amongst others were the key colonialists.

This paper aims at looking at the relationship between the Europeans and the native Indians.


The relations of Indians and Europeans in New France, presently Canada were very volatile. In addition to this due to the separation of their geographical locations, their societies were very different. As a result of this when the societies were finally combined during the period of the colonization of the north Americas misunderstandings soon arose.

As a result, the native Indians were seen as savages due to their primitive practices by the Europeans. As a result, missionary teams soon sprung up in an attempt to civilize them. As history has shown, the Indians suffered the most as a result of the interaction of the two cultures.

Relationship Between the Europeans and the Native Indians

As Gary Nash illustrates and black robe depicts these cultural issues brought serious problems to some of these so-called missionaries. Black robe is the story of a Jesuit, father laforgue.

Thus, the movie and novel the black robe revolves around the life of the missionary. Father Laforgue was a French missionary who aims to travel from a certain trading post (Champlain’s Quebec) to Huron mission. The differences between the two cultures are reflected here. The fight for land, wealth and the race for conversion are clearly illustrated by Gary Nash. In his views, Nash shows that the differences of the two cultures result to violence including killings as the different native tribes compete for wealth acquisitions.

In addition the native Iroquois wipe out the Huron’s since they were converted, believing that conversion will cure them of plague. Due to the trade with the Europeans, the local tribes were able to acquire necessary commodities like guns. The acquisition of these items led to increase in inter-tribe wars in search of more land and wealth. Due to differences in wealth distribution and the desire for expansionisms, some of the local tribes were almost entirely wiped out. These included the local Huron’s. In addition, the Europeans were also increasing in numbers and some of the local Indians were driven off their lands.

The ongoing interactions between the two communities were so stressed that they led to increased violence. This increased violence led to more deaths and destruction of property as the communities fought for control of fertile lands, increased wealth and the control of trade.


The interactions of the Europeans and the Indians never improved ever during the 18th century and the 19


century. Although later on the Europeans came to be part of the land there was no official agreement on the way the two races would co-exist together.

Relationship Between the Europeans and the Native Indians


Gary B. Nash .2006. Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America. Prentice Hall .United States