Cadillac didn’t have much respect for the Native Americans. He considered himself of higher power and very modest. He couldn’t gain power over the French government so by betraying the Natives; Cadillac traded women to other tribes to combine different tribes to make his colony bigger. He lied to the Native Americans by trying to convince them that they need to buy his brandy to kill the bacteria of fish in their system. He also tried to use his power to lay down rules and to try to earn respect of the government minister back in France and did so by over powering the Native Americans. Because the French religion were highly Catholic, he brought the Jesuits in to convince them there is a God, which the Natives believed objects of nature where their God. Again to gain power and dictate this colony that he can say he developed.
Cadillac wrote the “Plan for Detroit” because he tried to convince the King of France that he can take ownership of Detroit since he failed at becoming a ruler in France. He tried suggesting his proposal hoping to persuade the French minister whom was in charge that he can dictate over the Native Americans by setting these rules. He betrayed Native Americans against themselves to try to make his colony bigger, one by allowing women from different tribes marrying into different tribes to bring them together. Because the fur trade was getting over populated he wanted to use the Native American “goods” as trade to bring more money to his what he called a colony to prove to the French Minister he can gain his own power.
In the eyes of the European observer watching the Native Americans, they saw men sitting around the village smoking and making or fixing weapons while the women were out working the fields, sewing, cooking, trading goods while taking care of the children. It seemed to them that the men had the power and the women did all the work. In contrary, both Native American men and women had equally responsibilities and were respected for their jobs. Europeans men and women were treated differently and had distinct jobs. The men were taught to have power and be master of the household. The women were to take care of their children and obey the man, prepare food and maintain the home. The Europeans had no respect for their women.
Women were used as political pawns in this piece “The Great Water”, by convincing the Native Americans to go past their belief and marry into different tribes to strengthen the friendship of the tribes. Native men respected their women and tried to play equal roles. Unlike the European women, which majority were married were sent to the Native Americans as slaves or baby makers. It was not un-heard of, of a European women getting raped. The European girls were to be married by 16 years of age. The European women were not respected by the European men. They were pretty much an object for them.