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The battle of Long-Sault, in May 1660

Type: Image

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.

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Recruiting Sergeants

Type: Document

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.

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Records of the 4th International Colloquy on Military History (Ottawa 23.25 VIII 1978) Date of Publication: 1979

Type: Document

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.

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Civic Affairs

Type: Document

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.

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A Legendary Battle

Type: Document

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.

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Amerindian Battle Customs

Type: Document

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.

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