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Michigan Chapter Seven

Dangers Which Surrounded the New Settlements

The allies who defended the fort against the Mascoutins having scattered there appeared an opening for another onslaught. This tribe had got itself into trouble with the whites through abuse of some missionaries and other Frenchmen who had visited their country. The adventurous white man traveling through the woods or the solitary Indian with his family venturing into the demesne of a hostile or uncertain tribe were (liable to be murdered!. These crimes called for retaliation and revenge on the part of the friends of the victim. So there was constant excitement and uncertainty. The wandering tribes might make their appearance any day and nobody could know upon what mischief they were bent. In 1706, a band of young Ottawas came along eager for a fray and determined to attack the fort and drive off the French. Father Constantine de Halle, the Recollet pastor of St. Ann's was working in his garden outside the enclosure, unconscious of their presence or purpose. They seized, bound and stabbed him. Their chief ordered his release and told him to go into the fort. As he was doing so he was shot and killed. A Frenchman named La Riviere was also killed. Their bodies lay where they fell for some time before the French dared venture forth to recover them for burial.
In spite of this state of semi-terror the colony struggled along and managed to hold its own. The home government in France had been turning its attention to Louisiana as a more promising field of exploitation. Cadillac had been withdrawn from Detroit and sent there to carry out on a larger scale his scheme of colonization in a climate better suited to French ways of living. But he made no great success of it and soon retired. Law came to the front and occupied the stage for a time with his brilliant scheme of finance. When the Mississippi bubble burst many a French family of good birth and breeding found itself in desperate straits. The most feasible opening seemed to be in migration to a new country where the past might be forgotten and an opportunity found to retrieve the fallen fortune.

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