AP U.S. History: Diagnostic 2. How did French colonists benefit from relationships like one seen in the image?
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And here are your potential answers.
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All right, well it wasn't just the Spanish who practiced
intermarriage with Native Americans.
French settlers in North America formed these kinds of relationships, as well.
Let's see which answer best describes those
French friendships with benefits.
Was a plus side of these relationships that the French
A - established a strict racial hierarchy within their colonies?
Well, no, that was the Spanish, who were pretty far south
of the French colonial border. So it's not A.
Did French colonies benefit from interracial relationships because
C - they gathered knowledge from the study of mixed races?
Well, the French may have been studying landscapes and nature in their
colonial exploits, but they didn't really turn the lens on
the population in that way. So that knocks out C, as well.
Would French colonists have profited from these
pairings because D - they developed a large network for slave labor?
Well, actually, the Atlantic slave trade was more the realm of
the English, not the French.
So it jolly well isn't D.
That means French colonies benefitted from
interracial relationships because B -
they set up trade alliances that included relatively few Europeans.
Though the mission of the French was still to gather and send goods overseas to Europe,
they did so by creating strong alliances with
the Native Americans through intermarriage. So B is the right answer.
And you know those strong alliances were
probably made even stronger by the fact that
most of these couples had only one set of in-laws nearby.
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