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1689 - Lachine Massacre

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During the night of the 5th of August, 1689, amid a storm of rain and hail, 1400 Iroquois crossed lake St. Louis and silently disembarked near Lachine, and before daybreak, parties of them had surrounded every considerable dwelling in the vicinity. The inmates were buried in profound slumber, soon to become, for many of them, the " Dreamless sleep that knows no waking." At a given signal, doors and windows were driven in and the victims dragged from their beds — men, women and children, struggling in the hands of their butchers. Such houses as could not be readily forced, were fired ; and as the terrified inmates were driven forth by smoke and flame, they met certain death from beings who knew no mercy. Two hundred persons were burned alive, and numbers died under prolonged tortures. Houses and outbuildings were reduced to ashes, and crops were totally destroyed. After having ravaged the whole vicinity, they crossed the river, and on the opposite side continued their fearful work. Those who escaped the destruction were paralyzed by the brain-blow. The governor who was in Montreal, seemed to lose self-command altogether. - It had been long evident that he exercised no proper influence ; but the small use he made of the means at his disposal when this crisis arrived, was most surprising. His incapacity on every occasion where promptitude and energy were required, gave little room for doubt that had he not been soon recalled by royal order, the colonists themselves would have set him aside. The last season of his unfortunate administration was called the year of the massacre. In not one particular, had he justified his reputation for bravery and efficiency.

History of the Eastern Townships, Province of Quebec, Dominion of Canada, Civil and Descriptive in Three Parts – Catherine Matilda Day, J. Lovell, 1869 - Eastern Townships (Québec)