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Beaver Wars (1640s to 1701) (jan 4, 1640 – jan 1, 1701)

Description:

- Fur trade causes tension/competition between Iroquois (Dutch ally) and Huron (French ally)
- Iroquois launch genocidal attacks on Hurons in "mourning wars" and for fur trade (1640s)
- Iroquois armed w/ better Dutch weapons
(guns)
- Hurons lose unity following smallpox
outbreak that spared only Jesuit priests (seen
as act of CHRISTIAN god, conflict over
conversion)
- By 1650, all Huron villages have been destroyed or abandoned --> French step in to fight Iroquois
- Iroquois start losing, population decimated --> sign peace treaty w/ French (their survival depended on it)

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Date:

jan 4, 1640
jan 1, 1701
~ 61 years
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