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Bonds of AllianceIndigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France$
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Brett Rushforth

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835586

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838174_rushforth

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Most of Them Were Sold to the French

Most of Them Were Sold to the French

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(p.193) Chapter FourMost of Them Were Sold to the French
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Bonds of Alliance
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Brett Rushforth

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838174_rushforth.10

This chapter discusses how Indians employed the Indian slave trade to shape the contours of the alliance even as it limited French options. As French colonizers sought to enlarge their influence in the West, they embraced an ever-expanding number of Indians as commercial and military partners. The Indian slave trade emerged as the most valuable tool employed by New France's Native allies to limit French expansion and determine the makeup of the French-led alliance.

Keywords:   Indians, Indian slave trade, alliance, French colonizers, West, New France

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