The Mi’kmaq people are the first Native American, who had constant contact with the Europeans. History explores and depicts the Mi’kmaq people and the Beothuk on the Newfoundland identified with the Europeans in the early 11th century. Back in the year 1497, a man named John Cabot took with him three of the Mi’kmaq people to England after the frequent encounters. However, the disappearance of Cabot did not dismantle the contact between the two ethnic groups. In fact, at the commencement of the 1501, the French and the British made trading arrangements with the Mi’kmaq people.
The Mi’kmaq developed an independent historical sequence with respect to the maritime practices. This was because the kind of environment that existed in the region did not support agricultural practices. The Mi’kmaq people survived on annual cycles of seasonal movements from the winter camps and the coaster regions during the summer. Accordingly, they easily facilitated fishing activities at the shores. In fact, the people fed on all categories of fish such as sturgeon and shellfish. In addition, the people actively engaged in hunting mammals such as seals.
The Mi’kmaq geographical location was the first to suffer European exploitation. For instance, history explains that major military conflicts between the Mi’kmaq people and the European occurred between the 17th and 18th centuries. Frequent efforts to formalize friendships and good relationships substantiated in the year 1749 after the 1725 Father Rale’s war. However, the series of wars ended in the year 1761. They have a reputation of fighting for their independence. In modern times, the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia celebrate the Mi’kmaq history month in October; the first of October is the Treaty Day for the entire Mi’kmaq nation.