Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
For its gallantry on this occasion, the regiment received from the King the title which it bears today, “The Royal Highlanders.”
However, the French were not helped by their people in France, and in the end Nova Scotia was annexed; and finally Wolfe captured Quebec after the famous battle on the Plains of Abraham, just outside the city, in which the generals on both sides – Wolfe on the British and Montcalm on the French – were killed.
And thus Canada became a British possession. The French-Canadians
But the French-Canadians, deserted by their own countrymen, like the brave and manly fellows they were, accepted their defeat in the best spirit-just like a team which has got the worst of a football match-they did not bear any grudge against their late enemies, but set to work to join with them, as true Canadians, in making their country great and prosperous.
The story should never be forgotten how the young French-Canadian Adam Dollard, with his sixteen brave companions, fought the Iroquois on the Ottawa River, whither they had gone to meet a threatened attack on Montreal.
For seven days they held their little fort against overwhelming numbers of the Redskins, fighting untiringly day and night, until, worn out, wounded and helpless, they were rushed by superior numbers. They never yielded, they fought it out to the very last – never saying die till they were dead. But their sacrifice was worth it.
The Iroquois, with their best men killed and their pride broken, dared go no farther against such plucky settlers, and gave up all idea of other attacks on them. They retired away back to their own villages, with a wholesome respect for the white men.
And it was not only the French men who were brave, but the women also took their share.
Madeleine de Vercheres, a girl of fifteen, with one old man, one soldier, and her two small brothers, defended her father’s fortified farm for a week against hostile Iroquois – chiefly by dressing herself in a soldier’s helmet and showing her head at different parts of the defences, so that the Indians thought the place must be full of soldiers, and were afraid to make a real attack; and on the eighth day a relief force came and drove off the besiegers.
Thus the French-speaking Canadians not only helped in defeating the Indians, but also took the field shoulder to shoulder with the English-speaking Canadians, for the King, against the Americans.
The British Colonies to the south of Canada had had orders given them by the government at home which were distasteful to them, and they broke out in revolt and refused to be under the home government any longer, and proclaimed their independence.
They tried to get the Canadians to join in their revolt, but this the Canadians were too loyal to do. So later the Americans tried to take Canada.
Then it was that the British troops came to the assistance of Canada, and the French-Canadians also joined with zest in fighting loyally for their new King and country, against the American forces.
The French-Canadians did excellent service for Canada. On one occasion, during the war of 1812-14, about one thousand of them, assisted by a band of Indians, under Colonel de Salaberry, defeated a much superior force of Americans under General Hampton, by scouting round them, hidden in the woods, and sounding bugles and firing rifles from all points, so that the Americans believed themselves surrounded by a very strong force, and consequently they retreated in the