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The Works of Francis Parkman

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Pages: 228

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Francis Parkmann

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER XIV. 1690-1694. THE SCOURGE OF CANADA. Iboquois Inroads. — Death or Bienville. — English Attack. —A Desperate Fight. — Miseries Of The Colony.—Alarms. — A Winter Expedition. — La Chesnate Bdrned. — The Heroine Of Verch£res. — Mission Indians. — The Mohawk Expedition. — Retreat And Pursuit. — Relief Arrives.— Frontenac Tridmphant. One of Phips's officers, charged with the exchange of prisoners at Quebec, said as he took his leave, "We shall make you another visit in the spring:" and a French officer returned, with martial courtesy, " We shall have the honor of meeting you before that time." Neither side made good its threat, for both were too weak and too poor. No more war-parties were sent that winter to ravage the English border: for neither blankets, clothing, ammunition, nor food could be spared. The fields had lain untilled over half Canada: and though four ships had arrived with supplies, twice as many had been captured or driven back by English cruisers in the Gulf. The troops could not be kept together: and they were quartered for subsistence upon the settlers, themselves half famished. Spring came at length, and brought with it the swallows, the bluebirds, and the Iroquois. They rarely came in winter, when the trees and bushes had no leaves to hide them, and their movements were betrayed by the track of their snow-shoes: but they were always to be expected at the time of sowing and of harvest, when they could do most mischief. During April, about eight hundred of them, gathering from their winter hunting-grounds, encamped at the mouth of the Ottawa, whence they detached parties to ravage the settlements. A large band fell upon Point aux Trembles, below Montreal, burned some thirty houses, and killed such of the inmates as could not escape. Another band...  

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