Native and Explorer Interaction in the Wilds of Canada

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Essay #: 063225
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Native and Explorer Interaction in the Wilds of Canada
One can argue that, leaving aside geographical and spatial considerations, the very text we read on colonial experiences is a form of contestation between the indigenous person and the European insofar as the printed word is a European innovation whereas the spoken word is very much an indigenous feature in the sense that such native cultures inevitably relied heavily upon oral literary traditions. Thus, even the stories passed down to us through time tend to show the struggle between the two sides by the very format in which those stories are delivered to our modern senses. This paper will look at primary documents left behind by the likes of Jacques Cartier and will explore how it is...
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.....he natives as allies was infinitely preferable to having them as hostile foes. Of course, as we look at the history, it is pretty plain that both sides were, in fact, forever looking for a way of controlling the ambitions of the other lest those ambitions lead to unhappy results in which one party fell under the heel of the other. Thus, the last several pages suggest that the early contact zone was a place of negotiation and uneasy conciliation and accommodation as much, or even more, than it was a place of colonization and domination.
Works Cited
Cartier, Jacques. “Jacques Cartier (1491-1557).” Pp.41-51 (additional information not available).
Pratt, Louise. Imperial Eyes: Travel Literature and Trans-
culturation
. London:
Routledge
, 1992.