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They proselytized natives in their own communities and recognized their chiefs. Unlike the Spanish, they did not erect independent missions. Nor did they show open disdain for indigenous culture and attempt to Europeanize their followers. Yet tension and animosity developed within communities when some members converted while others did not. Converts no longer participated in public festivals and rituals, undercutting the reciprocity that was so central to native culture. Some converts refused to fight alongside traditionalists.

Nor did they show open disdain for indigenous culture and attempt to Europeanize their followers. Yet tension and animosity developed within communities when some members converted while others did not. Converts no longer participated in public festivals and rituals, undercutting the reciprocity that was so central to native culture. Some converts refused to fight alongside traditionalists. 42 JOHN E. KICZA Economic relations and demographic ratios dictated a quite distinct experience for the peoples of eastern Canada compared to those societies to the south, that were beleaguered in turn by the Spanish and English.

Only in the 1580s did French fur traders begin frequenting the region, and only in 1608 did they establish a permanent settlement, when Samuel de Champlain constructed a trading house that eventually became Quebec City. Unlike the Spanish and the English the French never colonized in great numbers and they avoided land disputes with the natives. Few French women immigrated to early New France, and many colonists mated with Indian women, further cementing ties between the two peoples. The French did not assert sovereignty over indigenous societies.

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