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1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre


On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the hamlet of Lachine were sleeping peacefully. Because of torrential rain, they didn't hear the enemy prowling around their houses. At daybreak, the attack was launched. It was terrible and pitiless. After killing the men, who were valiantly defending their homes and families, the Iroquois burned the farms. The prisoners were tortured, with the bellies of pregnant women cut open and tiny children skewered, roasted, and eaten.

In the following days and weeks, the Iroquois "did everything that rage could inspire in a fierce nation that felt outraged," Baron de La Hontan wrote. Governor Frontenac, who had just replaced the Marquis de Denonville as head of the colony, got his fill of frightening tales from that night of horror. "It would be hard to convey to you," he wrote to his minister, "the general consternation I found among all the people and the despondence among the troops." All told, 200 people were massacred, and 125 were taken prisoner.

History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd. 


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