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Canada and the American Revolution - Introduction to Washington Eyes Quebec - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

On April 19, 1775, the shot heard around the world was fired at Lexington, Massachusetts, plunging Britain and the Thirteen colonies into war. Now, whether they liked it or not, Canadians would be drawn into America's Revolution. American rebel commander George Washington was determined to seize Quebec before Britain could use it as a springboard to invade the Thirteen Colonies. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Upper Canada, the Maritimes and the War of 1812 - Introduction to Traitors and Heroes - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

A description of the ambivalent attitude of the Maritimes and Upper Canada towards the war against the Americans in this excerpt from the television series "Canada: A People's History." Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Indians Reject British Control - Pontiac's Revolt - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

By 1763, Indians had been excluded from the process of territorial bargaining between the French and British. The British were encroaching on the Indians' hunting patterns. Pontiac, the Ottawas' war chief thus made plans to capture various British-held forts in the interior. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Fort St. Jean Falls - Invasion or Liberation - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

In 1775, American Brigadier-General Richard Montgomery and his troops invaded Quebec. All that stood between Montreal and the enemy was a fort at St. Jean. After an eight-week siege, British Major Charles Preston finally surrendered the fort. A description of the attack of Fort St. Jean is in this excerpt based on the television series "Canada: A People's History." Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Battle of Saint-Denis - Rebellion and Reform

Type: Document

Describes the battle of Saint-Denis between British soldiers and "les Patriotes" of Lower Canada. This confrontation marked the beginning of civil war in Canada. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Canadians Divided - Some Support for American Revolution in Quebec - The Propaganda War - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

After reading the Continental Congress Manifesto of 1774, urging the people of Quebec to join the Thirteen Colonies in revolt against England, most Canadians chose to stay out of the conflict. But there were some who were eager to join the rebellion, and they tried to persuade their neighbours. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Attack on Fort Detroit, War of 1812 - The Detroit Bluff - Isaac Brock - A Question of Loyalties

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

From the television series "Canada: A People's History", a description of Brigadier-General Isaac Brock's attack on Fort Detroit, an offense which relied heavily on bluff. General William Hull surrendered the fort without a fight. Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Carleton Rallies - Guy Carleton Defends Quebec from American Revolutionaries - Invasion or Liberation - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

This excerpt from the television series "Canada: A People's History" describes the suspenseful days of November and December 1775 as Governor Guy Carleton defends the city of Quebec from the attacking American armies of Brigadier-General Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold. Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Introduction to Battle of Châteauguay - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

This exerpt from the television series "Canada: A People's History" describes the Battle of Châteaugay during the War of 1812, when Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Michel de Salaberry held off the American invaders on the banks of the Châteaugay River in October 1813. Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Conquered and the Conquerors - British Control of Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

After the conquest, a new Canada slowly took shape. The Canadian militia returned to their villages and farms. 500 French soldiers, married to Canadian women, were allowed to stay. 3000 British troops remained in Quebec. Bigot was put in the Bastille for corruption, and died in exile in 1778. Governor Vaudreuil was arrested for his role in the colony's loss. General James Wolfe became a virtual industry in death, as biographies, ballads, epic poems, and paintings of him abounded. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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