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Module 2

Contact zones from the 16th to the 18th century: How did Aboriginal people perceive European newcomers?

Colin Coates

When Europeans arrived in the New World, they wrote many accounts describing the new peoples they encountered. This encounter also represented the moment when Aboriginal peoples in what is now Canada “discovered” Europeans. They were not always impressed with what they saw. This module looks at Aboriginal reactions to the newcomers and at how the European arrival fit into a longer history of change in Aboriginal societies that stretched long before this disruption of their communities.

Primary sources:

  1. Text: Chrestien LeClercq. ‘A Micmac Responds to the French’ (c.1677)
  2. Text: Baron de Lahontan. ‘Of Laws’ (1703)
  3. Text: How the Squamish Remember George Vancouver, Louis Miranda as told by Chief Philip Joe. (published 1992)
  4. Map (detail): ‘Deffaite des Yroquois au lac Champlain’ by Samuel de Champlain (1609)
  5. Painting: Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Côté. The Encounter between Jacques Cartier and the aboriginal peoples at Stadaconé, 1907.

Secondary sources:

  1. Neil Salisbury. ‘The Indians’ Old World: Native Americans and the Coming of Europeans’ William and Mary Quarterly (1996)
  2. Ramsay Cook. (ed.) ‘Donnaconna discovers Europe: Rereading Jacques Cartier’s VoyagesThe Voyages of Jacques Cartier (2003)
  3. Cornelius Jaenen. ‘The Other in Early Canada’ Historical Papers (1989)

Introduction

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