Cadillac had a lot of prejudices towards the Native Americans. The Iroquois were his main strategic opponents, labeling them as “savages.” Cadillac also boasts superiority both militarily and mentally over the Iroquois by confidently reassuring the recipient of the letter that if the Iroquois are not peaceful, they will be ruined irretrievably. He wants to use the Iroquois as pawns in his own game to establish and grow power by forcing Catholicism in their homes and to civilize the children of the Iroquois. Cadillac compares this idea to taking wild beasts at birth, taming them, and setting them free.
Cadillac wrote this letter as a means of giving an account of all that was done under him regarding the establishment of Detroit. However, he also wrote this as a means of sharing his plans and opinions for what Detroit should be used for. He also included what should be done about the Native American population that currently resided there. He wants to use his plans to expand his own power and control by having Canadians and Soldiers marry the Native Americans. Cadillac uses his means of persuasion through glory, both with the King and of religion, where he states that the influence of both God and the King will be extended greatly.
Gender Norms for Native Americans and Europeans were drastically different during this time. Native American women seemed to do all of the work both in the fields and around the house, sometimes even making the house by erecting tipis. Native American men had more dangerous and political assignments. They were seen as the hunters, soldiers, manufacturers of weapons, and as religious and political leaders. However, Cadillac and his men only saw the women doing all of the work, so he assumed that the women were treated terribly similarly to European customs, even though both gender roles were respected within the tribes.
Women were used as political pawns to expand influence. Women from different tribes would marry men from other tribes. Part of his plan was to not only to have that happen, but to have some women from Native American tribes marry the Canadians and Soldiers as well. This was all done on purpose to allow Cadillac to expand not only the French influence within the tribes, but also his own. He believed that if a woman, who was “savage” by birth was taught the French language as well as Catholicism, she would prefer a Frenchmen as a husband over any Native American, which would further his influence.