After the British decisively beat the French on the Plains of Abraham, the First Nations groups in the area began to question what life would be like under the British. Generally, the French offered better trading terms and “rented” Native land, where the British preferred “buying” land in one time deals. To protest continued encroachment of British settlers on First Nations’ land, Pontiac, a powerful Ottawa-Ojibiwa chief, organized a force of around 900 and attempted to push back the British.
1. Why did many First Nations’ favour the French over the British?
2. Why would Pontiac sign the peace agreement if he was so suspicious of the British?
3. Why did Wabbicommicot come the aid of the British?
4. What were some reasons for Pontiac’s own forces abandoning “the cause”?
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