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Political & Economic Organizations - Additional Reading

Economic Organization

Exchange and Adaption

Although the Europeans were quick to see the value of North America’s Natural resources, they were not as quick to embrace First Nations and Inuit technologies. In their view, Europe represented the modern, technologically advanced, and superior world of countries, cities, capitalism and Christianity.

This false sense of superiority prevented them from seeing that much of their knowledge and experience was useless in their new surroundings.  Many Europeans failed to live through their first winter overseas, dying of exposure or malnutrition.  Those who survived often did so only because First Nations and Inuit peoples shared knowledge, medicine and food with them.