History of Canada

History of Canada

Canadian History

Mysteries of Canada was started in 1998 as a project to help Canadians better understand the history, geography, myths and legends of their own country.  The site has grown over the years into a major site attracting visitors from all across Canada and the rest of the world.  The site is used by 50+ schools across the country to help teach language, writing and history.  It is used internationally as a language training asset.  Certain stories and images from this site have been used in newspapers, TV, history books and other media.

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The Nine Years’ War in Canada- 1690: The Acadian Theatre

Back to The Nine Years' War in Canada.Back to 1689: The Acadian Theatre. The Nine Years' War in Canada- 1690: The Acadian Theatre   The Raid on Salmon Falls Following Benjamin Church’s first Acadian raid, things were quiet in Acadia and New England for seven months. Then, in the spring of 1690, the governor of Canada ordered two military officers- Joseph-Francois Hertel and his son, Jean-Baptiste- with leading a raiding expedition against New Hampshire. On March 27, 1690, the two French officers, twenty six French Canadian soldiers, and a war party of Abenaki, Mi’kmaq, and Maliseet warriors surrounded the New English settlement of Salmon

The Nine Years’ War in Canada- 1689: The Acadian Theatre

Back to The Nine Years' War in Canada. The Nine Years' War in Canada- 1689: The Acadian Theatre   Background: King Philip’s WarBy the time the Nine Years’ War broke out, British and French colonists on the Atlantic Coast were spoiling for a fight. Over a decade earlier, a handful of Algonquin tribes had warred against the settlers of New England in a devastating three-year conflict called King Philip’s War (‘King Philip’ being the nickname of Chief Metacomet, a powerful leader of the Wompanoag Indians). The French Acadians took advantage of the conflict by incentivizing the Wabanaki Confederacy, an alliance of five Acadian

The Nine Years’ War in Canada- 1688: Setting

Back to The Nine Years' War in Canada. The Nine Years' War in Canada- 1688: Setting The Political StageBack in 1688, the political landscape of Western Europe looked nothing like it does today. France was the world’s leading superpower, led by the powerful Catholic monarch Louis XIV. Although King Louis was on friendly terms with King James II of Great Britain, a fellow Catholic ruler, he was feared and mistrusted by much of the rest of Europe; many suspected that Louis harboured designs to one day rule all of Christendom, and dreaded the balance of power tipping in Louis’ favour.To the east
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The Nine Years’ War in Canada

The Nine Years' War in Canada   1688 Setting   1689 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1690 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1691 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1692 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1693 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1694 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1695 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1696 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre   1697 The Acadian Theatre The St. Lawrence Theatre The Newfoundland Theatre The Hudson Bay Theatre
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The Adventures of Alexander Henry the Elder: Part 4

The Adventures of Alexander Henry the Elder: Part 4 Continued from The Adventures of Alexander Henry the Elder: Part 3. Mackinac Henry and his crew paddled over to the mainland and disembarked on the shores of Michilimackinac Country. They proceeded to Fort Michilimackinac, an old French fur trading post. No sooner had Henry’s voyageurs procured a room for their employer than, against his orders, they revealed his true identity to the fort’s French traders. The fur traders politely informed Henry that he had put himself in grave danger by coming to Michilimackinac, and advised him to make for Detroit while he still had
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