Arms Trade following
the Battle of Ticonderoga

The Dutch had settled up the Hudson River near present-day Albany and had attempted to set up trade relations with the Natives. The Iroquois, however, were more interested in war and conquest than they were in trinkets and baubles. Dutch pastors had attempted to convert the Mohawks to Christianity but had met with failure in most respects.

Following the Battle of Ticonderoga, however, the Iroquois became obsessed with European 'fire sticks'. Fire arms were far more effective than bows and arrows and would ensure the Iroquois of their dominance over the other Indian Nations. Dutch merchants, looking to 'get rich quick', were quick to grasp opportunity when it knocked and began trading furs for guns and ammunition. Before long, the already-powerful Iroquois became a powerhouse which very few could stand against.

The French, on the other hand, maintained their practice of supplying fire arms only to those natives who had been converted to Christianity. The unconverted natives of Canada realized the importance of remaining on good terms with the French. Their very survival depended on it.

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