History Moment: ‘Champlain’s Fight With the Iroquois, 1609’

“C.W. Jefferys’ notes about this picture in ‘Dramatic Episodes in Canada’s Story’: 

Champlain’s Fight With the Iroquois (1609), Jefferys, Charles W. (1942). (Picture Gallery of Canadian History Vol. 1, p.91)

“Champlain had to make friends of the Algonquin and Huron Indians around him so that they would guide him into this unknown land, and allow him to make settlements and build trading posts among them. To gain their good-will he had to promise to help them in their war with the Iroquois south of the lakes, who were their deadly enemies. 

“So it was in the summer of 1609, the next after the founding of the city of Quebec, that Champlain joined a party of his Indian allies on a raid into the Iroquois country. They travelled up the St. Lawrence and the river Richelieu to the lake which is now called by his name. Here, they met their enemies.

“Both parties landed on the western shore and prepared for battle. The Iroquois sheltered themselves behind a rude stockade of tree trunks, from which they came out to attack Champlain’s Indians. He, with two other Frenchmen, had hidden themselves in the woods, so as to surprise the Iroquois by their sudden appearance.

“Led by three chiefs, decked with tall plumes of feathers fastened in their hair, the Iroquois advanced, and the arrows flew thick on both sides. Champlain stepped forward in sight of the Iroquois, who ceased firing in their astonishment. Taking careful aim at one of the chiefs, he fired his arquebus, which he tells us he had loaded with four bullets, while at the same time his two companions fired from the woods. Two of the chiefs fell dead and a third was wounded. The Iroquois, who had never seen a white man, and knew nothing of firearms, became panic-stricken and fled.

“It was an easy victory, but the attack drew upon the French the hatred of the Iroquois and for more than a hundred years, the settlers of Canada suffered all the horrors of savage warfare for this alliance of Champlain with the Northern Indians…”

–‘Champlain’s Fight With the Iroquois, 1609’,
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1972-26-1415
http://www.cwjefferys.ca/champlain-s-fight-with-the-iroquois-1609

See also:
The Lachine Massacre’:
“As a result of the Lachine massacre, the settlement was almost entirely destroyed — 24 colonists in total were killed, more than 70 were taken prisoner, and fifty-six of the seventy-seven houses destroyed… Eventually, when forty-two Canadien prisoners were exchanged for Indian captives, they returned to Lachine to tell grisly tales. During those first nights…Canadien prisoners had been tortured and eaten. They themselves had escaped death, but many bore the marks of torture…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/the-lachine-massacre/

What Happened To The ‘Neutrals’?‘:
“This is the tribe that occupied southwestern Ontario until the 1650s, when fellow Iroquois tribes from what is now the U.S. rendered them extinct. In modern terminology, they were ‘victims of genocide’…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/what-happened-to-the-neutrals/

Champlain’s Return’:
“A much-debated monument to Samuel de Champlain will be reinstalled in an Ontario town with significant changes, Parks Canada announced Wednesday. The original monument in Orillia, northeast of Toronto, portrayed the French explorer along with several other figures, including four statues of ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} people represented in a way some considered ‘racist’.”
https://endracebasedlaw.ca/2019/08/21/champlains-return/
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