French Trappers who went deep into American wild lands couldn’t help but come into close contact with the Indians. These hearty mountain men came to live as the Indians did and frequently married Native women. The children from these marriages are called Metis. Though there are many instances of French mistreatment toward the Indians, the Colonial French government encouraged intermarriage and having children through those marriages. There was a brotherhood between the French and the Indians. Most of the Indians sided with the French during the French and Indian Wars and when the French lost to the English, the Indians rebelled. There’s no reason to assume that if you are an American with French ancestry that you are also Native-American. However, there is no reason to assume that you aren’t.
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