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Michigan CHAPTER 10

Effect Upon the Indians of the Lake Region

He asks that Vaudreuil's letter be forwarded to him and he will govern himself accordingly. There was some evidence that the Indians had been instigated by Bellestre to attack the English, or at least to make themselves as troublesome as possible. It was a cause of no small anxiety on the part of Rogers and his insignificant party, and it required no little diplomacy on his part to avoid an open rupture. He moved on by easy stages to the mouth of the Raisin, where he stopped for a day or two, and thence on up the river to a point within a mile of the fort. In the meantime correspondence passed back and forth between the two officers, and it appeared that the Indians had been advised by the French commandant to arm themselves for self-protection, in case it should appear, as had been rumored, that the natives following in the wake of the English troops were bent on plunder. Soon after landing near the fort on the 29th of November a reply was received from Bellestre to the effect that he yielded to the commands of the English. Lieutenants Leffic and McCormick with a party of thirty-six Royal Americans were sent to take possession of the fort. The French garrison surrendered their arms and the French colors on the flag staff were run down and the English flag was raised amid the shouts of the seven hundred Indians gathered about. Whatever may have been the real sentiments of the savages they were shrewd enough to see that they were helpless to change the course of events, and that it was good policy for them to hail the rising sun. The French garrison were sent east as prisoners. The inhabitants were permitted to retain their farms and homes undisturbed, upon swearing allegiance to the British government.

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