In the 17th century French, English and Dutch fur traders establish settlements in the northeast. The Europeans soon clash with each other, using local tribes to fight their battles for trade and territory.
The warlike Huron, recognisable by their upright central mane, support the French. The Dutch and English however are allies with the Iroquois, an even mightier tribe. In a decisive battle the Iroquois practically annihilate the Hurons. Today the largest tribes in Canada are the Ojibwe or Chippewa and the Cree Indians. Some Cree tribes, however live in the Great Plains where they used to hunt for Bison.