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In exchange for their aid, the Montagnais asked Champlain to help them in their battles with the Iroquois — the sworn enemies of the Huron, Algonquin and Montagnais. Champlain quickly realized that establishing a fur trade monopoly would entail fighting the Iroquois, whose political ambitions were an obstacle to the progress of the trade.

Champlain wrote: “The Iroquois were astonished at the explosion of our firearms and couldn’t believe that the bullets were more effective than their arrows. They were so afraid of the guns’ deadly effects, seeing their companions lying dead or wounded, that... they threw themselves on the ground upon hearing the noise.”

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In the spring of 1609, near Batiscan, Champlain enters into an alliance with the Huron and the Algonquin against the Iroquois.
Canada, Quebec
Film illustration, dry pastel
Credit: Frédéric Back and ONF
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