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Michigan Chapter Seven

Dangers Which Surrounded the New Settlements

This proceeding stirred up a great commotion at Quebec and Governor Denonville was very emphatic in his protest. He says the English have been already at Michilimackinac bargaining with the Hurons who received them kindly because they gave such good prices for furs. In the following year when Duluth was sent to establish a fort at the foot of Lake Huron a party of English under Captain Roseboom of Albany was captured on Lake Huron. There were in this party twenty-nine Englishmen and a number of Indians, beside a French interpreter. Not long thereafter a second party of Englishmen numbering twenty-one in charge of Major Patrick McGregory of Albany was captured on the St. Clair river. Denonville was pleased to hear of the capture of these English invaders. He says "It is certain that had the two English detachments not been stopped and pillaged, had their brandy and other goods entered Michilimackinac, all our Frenchmen would have had their throats cut by a revolt of all the Hurons and Ottawas, whose example would have been followed by all the other nations. " The victorious Frenchmen invaded New York with a large force and captured and destroyed the Seneca villages. It had already become evident that the Iroquois were in the service of the English and that their ravages which spread terror among all the tribes friendly to French interests were in pursuance of a settled policy of hostility.
So the trespasses of the English upon the trading preserves which the French considered theirs by right were rapidly bringing to a very critical stage the relations of the two rival nations in America. There had been many collisions at one time and another, on Hudson's bay as well as on Lake Huron, and along the border. All these affairs helped to intensify the feeling on both sides and there was not long to wait until the smouldering embers broke into flame.

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