The Spanish, French and English all fought for possession of the continent. The French, however, understood the trials and tribulations of the Native Americans. This was especially true in Canada, where the French traded furs and silver with the Native Americans. Many tribes also joined the French militia during the war with England. These included the Huron and Ottawa tribes. The English also traded with the Natives. They, however, were more interested in land acquisition on both sides of the border. This led to several confrontations and a wide distrust of the British among the native tribes. The Spanish, in addition to trade and commerce, also sought to convert many tribes towards Christianity. There were pros and cons when it came to the colonial powers. The constant was that the Natives had to fend for themselves at practically every turn.