Count Frontenac And New France Under Louis Xiv

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. CHAPTER III. 1673-1675. FRONTENAC AND PERROT. La Salle. Fort Frontenac. Perrot. H1s Speculations. H1s Tyranny. The Bush-rangers. Perrot Revolts. Becomes Alarmed. Dilemma Of Frontenac. Mediation or Fenelon. Perrot In Prison.Excitement Of The Solpi- Tians. Indignation Of Fenelon.Passion Of Frontenac. Perrot On Trial. Strange Scenes. Appeal To The King. Answers Of Lou1s XIV. And Colbert. Fenelon Rebcked. Not long before Frontenac's arrival, Courcelle, his predecessor, went to Lake Ontario with an armed force, in order to impose respect on the Iroquois, who had of late become insolent. As a means of keeping them in check, and at the same. time controlling the fur trade of the upper country, he had recommended, like Talon before him, the building of a fort near the outlet of the lake. Frontenac at once saw the advantages of such a measure, and his desire to execute it was stimulated by the reflection that the proposed fort might be made not only a safeguard to the colony, but also a source of profit to himself. At Quebec, there was a grave, thoughtful, self- contained young man, who soon found his way into Frontenac's confidence. There was between them the sympathetic attraction of two bold and 1673.] FORT FRONTENAC. 27 energetic spirits; and though Cavelier de la Salle had neither the irritable vanity of the count, nor his Gallic vivacity of passion, he had in full measure the same unconquerable pride and hardy resolution. There were but two or three men in Canada who knew the western wilderness so well. He was full of schemes of ambition and of gain ; and, from this moment, he and Frontenac seem to have formed an alliance, which ended only with the governor's recall. In telling thestory of La Salle, I have described the execution...
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