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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2020 2:07 p.m. PST

…battle over the fur trade

"The 1712-1736 Fox Wars, like all Indian Wars – wars between the various Native-American tribes and the people of European decent, including the French, the English, the Spanish, and finally the Americans – was a tragedy for all who participated in it, but especially for the Indians. To fully understand the war, one must begin at, well, the beginning – who were the antagonists, and how did they get to the point to where war was the only option? So, let us first cover what led up to the wars.

The Foxes, who called themselves Měshkwa`kihŭg' or Mesquakies, meaning ‘red-earth people,' from the soil they were believed to have been created from, were commonly referred to by the French as Renards, or Foxes, since, when the Red Fox clan of the Mesquakies was first encountered by the French and asked what tribe they were, they replied in the Algonquian language that they were of the Red Fox clan. The French misunderstood that they were simply a clan or gen of the Mesquakies, and, believing they were a completely distinct tribe, gave them the name Renards, which is the French word for Foxes. The Chippewas and Ottawas referred to the Foxes as the Outagamie, meaning "the People of the Opposite Shore," basically meaning people from the western shore of the Lake of the Ilimouek, or Lake Michigan…"
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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

From Military History on line. Fine site it is too, by Jove!

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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2021 11:09 a.m. PST

Red dirt girl.
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