Discussion Questions The First American Women The marriages of Spanish soldiers to Indian women created metizo children who where Christian, spoke Spanish, but still practiced Indian heritage. While men travelled most of the year for hunting, fighting, and trading; women remained home for maintaining the cornfields and villages, giving them all the power in local affairs. Fur traders married the Indian women for the sake of their survival and to establish long-term trade relations. The positive aspect is that the women helped the men survive in the new environment, the negative was that many Indian women didn?t want to marry the fur traders knowing that the man would eventually leave. When married to a fur-trader, the man also had control over the children.
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