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Weapons

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This section illustrates a selection of firearms and bladed weapons used by British and Canadian military units during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Histoire - Canada - Pré-1867 - Guerres et Conflits

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Répertoire de films de l'ONF traitant des guerres et conflits dans l'histoire canadienne avant 1867.

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The Military Art of the American Northwest

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War in the Pacific Northwest centred around the canoe, which could be up to 20 metres long. Flotillas of canoes would attack enemy villages, hoping to capture prisoners to keep as slaves. Coastal forts of cedar logs were to be found, used to help control and tax maritime trade.

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Americans Forced On the Defensive

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Trying to strike back at the Loyalist raiders who caused such trouble, the American rebels sent troops to destroy Iroquois settlements in 1779. Although thousands of refugees were forced to flee, the raids continued with increased strength, with the rebels generally on the losing side.

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De redoutables guerriers

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Aux 18e et 19e siècles, les peuples de la côte Pacifique sont de farouches combattants. Leurs guerriers utilisent l'arc, la lance, le casse-tête et le poignard à lame d'os, et portent parfois une armure de bois. Ils préfèrent l'assaut en groupe, mais n'hésitent pas à recourir à la duplicité au cours de rencontres « amicales ».

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Britanniques au fort Chambly

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Après la Conquête en 1760, les Britanniques s'installent au fort Chambly. Ce site web décrit le rôle du fort durant l'invasion du Canada par les Américains en 1775-1776, et encore durant la guerre de 1812.

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Retour aux anciennes méthodes

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Après 1777, afin de maintenir les rebelles américains sur la défensive, les Britanniques adoptent la vieille tactique canadienne d'incursions éclairs sur les campements ennemis. Ces raids sont menés par des groupes composés d'Amérindiens et de soldats dont des loyalistes américains comme les Rangers de Butler.

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Military Bands

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The British likely introduced the military band to Canada. These regimental musicians were paid for by individual units. Instrumentation favoured flutes, clarinets and percussion. The bands played a strong role in the social life of garrison towns throughout Canada.

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The City Falls

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Encouraged by weak British resistance, the American rebels were able to capture Fort Saint-Jean south of Montreal in November 1775. This left the city without defence, and Governor Carleton fled. The rebels took Montreal, and began trying to raise Canadian troops to fight for them.

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Formidable Fighters

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The peoples of the Pacific coast were formidable fighters during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their warriors used bows and javelins, carried clubs and bone-bladed daggers, and could wear wooden armour. They preferred a mass assault, but treachery during 'friendly' meetings were not rare.

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