With the Treaty of Utrecht, signed in 1713, France ceded a large part of Acadia to England and, consequently, also the Abenaki lands on the French side. Already disturbed by the gradual incursion of New England colonists into their territory, the Abenaki tried to seek help from their "father," the King of France, in terms that conveyed the eloquence, poetry and metaphors so prevalent in Aboriginal discourse.

Letter from the Abenaki to the King
Letter from the Abenaki to the King of France, seeking his support against the English, who were trying to take over their lands, ca. 1715
FR CAOM COL C11A 1 fol. 266-267vo