In 1500, there were about 70 000 Algonquians in Eastern Canada. By comparing the size of the territory they occupied and their numbers, we can imagine they were scattered across their lands. It is difficult to know exactly how many Algonquian people there were. Why? Because they did not do censuses as we do today or as the Incas in South America did at that time.

A group of clans

The Algonquians were Indigenous peoples who shared similar languages, but who did not form a single, united group. They were divided into several nations. The nations that belonged to the Algonquian people had the same language, habits, nomadic way of life and culture. However, each nation was different in its own unique way. Each nation was made up of a few bands, which were groups of 35 to 75 people from two or three families. The following nations belong to the Algonquian people: the Abenaki, the Algonquin, the Atikamekw, the Beothuk, the Cree, Maliseet, the Micmac, the Innu and the Naskapi.

Important concepts & Big ideas

Population – Population
Population density – Densité de population
Territory – Territoire
Census – Recensement
Clan or Clan System – – Système de clans
Nation – Nation
Language family – Famille de langues
Nomad – Nomad

 

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