“Cooperation, Contagion, and Conflict” in First Peoples

Read “Cooperation, Contagion, and Conflict” in First Peoples, pp. 102-117, think critically and write three full paragraphs in the textbox below that answer the following questions:

• What do these excerpts from William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation” suggest about the possibilities for cooperation and coexistence between Indian People and the English? Who facilitated this cooperative coexistence?
• What do the excerpts from Bradford’s writing tell us about the causes of conflict? Was conflict inevitable?
• What information does missionary Jean De Brébeuf include in his report? How could his superiors make use of it? How do Brébeuf’s religion and missionary focus direct his relationship with the Hurons he lives among and studies and perhaps limit the usefulness of the information he provides?

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