Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Waging Warfare In The New World

When the French started settling into North America, they sought out alliances with some of the tribes in what they called the New World. In doing so they would set the stage for conflict with other tribes their allies had long standing hostilities with. The result would be the Post Contact Wars. 

A medal and tomahawk are displayed together. The tomahawk, an adaptation of a First Nations weapon with an iron blade, made what was already an effective and fearsome weapon all that more effective.

Two mannequins are gathered together, an Objiwa warrior and French militiaman working together.

Here we have details on military units involved in the Post Contact Wars.

The Croix de Saint-Louis was the highest decoration for service in the colonies. Here we have one.

While the French had established their own colonies and alliances with First Nations peoples, the British did the same. The long standing rivalry between the two countries would erupt into what was known abroad as the Seven Years War and in North America as the French and Indian War. Two centuries later Churchill would describe it as the first real world war, which is true, as it ranged across the globe.

A mortar, shell fragments, and grenade used at the siege of Louisbourg are here.


  1. The tomahawk kinda is "real". I think you needed courage to really go at a person, at another human being.
    These days, snip, you can be at the other end of the world and kill people.

  2. So many of the early settlers were trying to flee the problems of Europe, but it seems there was no escape.

  3. Interesting exhibit, thanks for sharing!
    Take care, have a happy day!

  4. Exhibits of the early days give me chills to think of the fighting that was going on.

  5. ...the wars seem to be endless.

  6. I am sure this is a history lesson for many of your readers, William.

  7. @Iris: tomahawks could be brutal.

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @John: they brought the issues with them.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Maywyn: understandable.

    @Tom: at times they can be.

    @David: it is a speciality.

  8. War, war is stupid and people are stupid. Yeah, I just quoted Culture Club!

  9. I’ve never seen the Croix de Saint-Louis. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Old war, new war. No good options, either way.

  11. I've always thought Canada was and is such a peaceful country.
    Meanwhile I know better now.

  12. It seems like the fighting never stops.

  13. @Sandi: a lyric I am unfamiliar with.

    @Marie: it is quite distinctive.

    @Jeanie: that seems to be the case.

    @RedPat: in one way or another.

    @Jan: our history is complicated.

    @Magiceye: very much so.

    @Sharon: just the weapons change.

  14. Another very interesting exhibit.

  15. The British got the most destiable slice of the continent. I am sure that is why they won.

  16. Leave it to the French and the English!

  17. When will humans learn, war is horrific!

  18. Waging war ~ a never ending story ~ good post, though.

    Happy Days to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. William - "Post Contact Wars" is a new term to me. No question that through the millenia, humans have affected other races and tribes in so many undesirable ways.

    Thanks for your recent kind comments on my blog - I have not been around to comment much; hopefully things will calm down soon!

  20. Sad that there always has to be a war.