"Where Two Worlds Meet - The Great Lakes Fur Trade" presented by the Livonia Historical Society
Speaker Rochelle Balkam will present her program "Where Two Worlds Meet - The Great Lakes Fur Trade" at the Livonia Historical Society meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 from 2 - 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend! The event will take place at the Alexander Blue House, 20501 Newburgh Road. Membership information will be available at the meeting.
For more information, please call (248) 477-7375.
Nearly 400 years have passed since the first encounter between Native Americans and the French in the Great Lakes region. Neither culture was ever the same again. The early “exchange” was mutually beneficial and cordial. The Native people did not feel threatened by the Europeans nor did the Europeans fear the indigenous people. Each had a commodity the other needed: trade goods for the Native Americans, furs and fish for the Europeans.
The two cultures often blended with intermarriage, for the French population was made up primarily of trappers, missionaries and soldiers. It was not until a third ingredient was added, the British, that conflict occurred in the French and Indian War.