As part of the Iroquoian linguistic group, the Huron
tribe originally lived in southern Ontario, east of Lake Huron.
The name is derived from when first encountered in 1615 by the French
under Samuel de Champlain who referred to them as Huron which means
"bristly-headed ruffian". As the Iroquois League on the East Coast
were pushed farther west by the white man, conflict broke out between
the League and the Huron for control of the fur trade in the upper
Great Lakes region. In 1649 they were nearly annihilated by the
more powerful Iroquois.