There are many symbols of racism through out this piece. Cadillac refers to the Native Americans as “savages” at multipole points throughout this letter. This tells is that he thought the French were more important/civilized. He also says he would like to “teach the young savages the French language, that being the only way to civilize and humanize them” (Thick 21). This is telling us that the French believed they were superior to the native Americans, and the only way to make them true humans was by showing them their language and religion.
The purpose of this piece was to inform an unknown person of the establishments that have taken place in Detroit. Also, to place importance on the fact that it is a very valuable location. Says that the Native Americans are only strong because the French are far.
As we all know women were not an equal part of society in these days. While this piece does not directly come out and tell us anything about gender norms we can see parts where it refers to “men” rather than “people” and women were not mentioned, except in the case of marriage. This seems applicable to both Europeans and Native Americans.
Women in this piece were used as a sort of “political prize.” He says, “the soldiers and Canadians will marry the savage maidens” (Thick 22). After this he continues on to say that this will only be after they have been taught the French language and religion. This makes it seems as though the Native American women would be a sort of reward in the end.
Attached I have included a plaque reading “Here lived Antoine Laumet De Lamothe, founder of detroit…” which can be found in Old Montreal. This is significant to me because I have seen this in person and Old Montreal is where I am originally from.
Thick, Matthew R. The Great Water: a Documentary History of Michigan. Michigan State University Press, 2018.