Canadian Military History Gateway
Date > 1600
Subject > Politics and Society > Information and Media
This early-20th century engraving shows the climax of the legendary 1660 defence of Long-Sault against the Iroquois by Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and his men. One of the French defenders is shown holding a keg of gunpowder above his head. This makeshift bomb would fall back inside the fort and kill much of the garrison.
Recruiters would entice potential volunteers with false tales of the easy, glorious life they would lead in the military, and told stories of riches to be won. Getting the men drunk also played an important part in recruiting practices.
Introduction by W.A.B. Douglas, Director Directorate of History, Program Chairman. Articles in a variety of languages including: English, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, Russian, Greek.
The tasks the militia captains undertook on behalf of the civil government of New France were wide ranging, from carrying out the census to enforcing public health regulations in the towns.
The defence of Long-Sault by the French against the Iroquois has been much discussed by Canadian historians. Long ago, the defenders were called 'saviours of New France', while more recently they were dismissed as greedy profiteers. Today's thinking on the matter is more balanced.
As often happened after a battle, the Iroquois returned home, despite having suffered few casualties. Later accounts that attributed this to Dollard's heroism misunderstood the way Amerindians conducted wars.