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Heroes and Heroines of New France is an exciting account of the world of early Canadian settlers, dedicated men and women struggling to carve a civilization from a wilderness and the almost insurmountable difficulties they encountered. It reviews the founding of Ville-Marie (Montreal) and the first governor there, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, assisted by the independent Mademoiselle Jeanne Mance, the selfless Mother Marie de l'Incarnation and Sister Marguerite Bourgeoys. We read of the heroic Jesuits, Sulpicians and the Recollets, of the dangerous journey of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet down the Mississippi - the massacre of Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and his sixteen companions - the arrival of the Carignan-SaliFre regiment in 1665 - of RenT-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and his cruel murder - the fierce struggle for Hudson Bay and the treachery of Radisson and Groseilliers - the unsuccessful attacks against Canada by Sir William Phips and the haughty response of Governor Frontenac - the discovery of the mouth of the Mississippi by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville in 1669 - the expedition against Canada by Sir Hovendon Walker with its disastrous results. Thoroughly researched, HEROES AND HEROINES OF NEW FRANCE is a 'must read' for the general reader as well as the scholar.
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On October 14, 1652, they knew from the barking of the dogs(an especially keen dog was named Pilotte) that there were Iroquois in ambush.
The brave Major Lambert Closse went out to search for them with twenty-four soldiers, going in the direction of the barking dogs.
Major Closse appointed Étienne Thibault La Lochetière, Baston, and another soldier to go ahead as scouts and to remain within range of their guns.
La Lochetière, overly zealous, went a little further and climbed a tree to see better. The Iroquois were hidden in ambush close by, and, shrieking their fearsome war whoops, they began to fire at him. A bullet struck La Lochetière but, before he died, La Lochetière fired back, killing his assassin. The other two scouts managed to escape, Baston concealing himself in a rough shanty