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The Indians were the main focus of the history of New France andinfluenced the Europeans in the period before 1663 The Indians beingnumerous compared with the Europeans came into frequent contact with themThe Indians and Europeans traded items with one another which led tovarious events and actions that contributed greatly to the history of NewFrance The Europeans who arrived after the Indians had already settledwere exposed to the native peoples way of life from which techniques forsurvival were acquired Later the Europeans depended on the Indians someof whom acted as middlemen and who had items which were valuable to themVarious Indian personalities were also observed and admired by Europeansparticularly the JesuitsThe Native Indians were among the first people to enter North AmericaThey entered America through the passage of the Bering Strait a locationwhich is the midpoint of Alaska and Siberia As time passed they settledon various pieces of land and hunted fished and grew crops Alfred Baileymentions that It had been suggested that Siouans the Iroquoians andAlgonquians were among the first to enter America1 Before the Europeansarrived there were many native tribes that were already settled By thetime Europeans arrived in North America they found natives occupying largeamounts of land2 The Indians helped start the history of New FranceSince the natives arrived early in North America their populationstarted to increase quite rapidly With the combination of migration aswell as the birth rate the Indians inflated their population to a largesize In 1663 there were only still 3000 Europeans living in New Franceno more people than constituted a small Iroquoian tribe3 The Indianswere in the majority before 1663Surrounding the area of New France there were two main native groupswho spoke different languages These groups were the Algonquian and theIroquoianThe Algonquians were primarily involved in trading and fishing Thesepeople remained in groups called bands which included relatives such asparents children grandparents aunts uncles and cousins Algonquiansprimarily hunted and so would develop groups to hunt in different areasThey
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