Originally Answered: Early American History question?
Brits and natives were competitors; French and natives were partners.
The Brits were competitors, in the sense that they intended large-scale settlement, and hence competed with the natives for land. Natives did not quite know how to deal with this, as they weren't familiar with large-scale war. Soon outnumbered by Brits, they responded with their version of war against them - hit and run attacks on isolated farms, which the Brits interpretted as 'massacres.'
The French were partners with the natives, in the fur trade. They did not intend large-scale settlement, just enough to maintain trading posts. (eg, only 6,000 French settled Quebec, at time of Am. Revolution, 70,000 in Quebec - 1% of today's population - vs.1.5 million people in the 13 colonies).
Intermarriage with natives was very common. In warfare vs.
Brits, French and natives put together best of their tactics
(esp. Indian concepts of using camouflage, crawling low to avoid artillery), to mount a credible defence for a couple of centuries.