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eir chapel, their cabins, and their hearths, and the valley of the Oswego. The Mohawks compelled Le Moyne to return; and the French and the Five Nations were once more at war. Such was the 1658, 1659. issue of the most successful attempt at French colonization in New York. The Dutch of New Amsterdam were to give way to the English; and the union of the English colonies was a guaranty that France could never regain the mastery. Meantime, the Jesuits reached our country in the far 1654. Aug. 6. west. In August, 1654, two young fur traders, smitten with the love of adventure, joined a band of the Ottawas, or other Algonquins, and, in their little gondolas of bark, ventured on a voyage of five hundred leagues. After two years, they reappeared, accompanied by a fleet of fifty canoes, urged forward by five hundred Relation 1655, 6, c. XIV. XV. XVI. arms. The natives ascend the cliff of St. Louis, comed by a salute from the ordnance of the castle Chap. XX.} They describe the vast
April. bush of a larger party of Saco Indians, he lost his life in Fryeburg, near a sheet of water which has taken his name; and the little stream that feeds it is still known to the peaceful husbandman as the Battle Brook. At last, the eastern Indians, despairing of success Nov. instigated, but not supported, by the French, unable to contend openly with their opponents, and excelled even in their own methods of warfare, concluded a peace, which was solemnly ratified by the Indian 1726. Aug. 6. chiefs as far as the St. John, and was long and faithfully maintained. Influence by commerce took the place of influence by religion, and English tradinghouses supplanted French missions. The eastern boundary of New England was established. Beyond New England no armed collisions took place. The coast between Kennebec and Nova Scotia had ever been regarded by the French as a part of their possessions. If the treaty of Utrecht had been silent as to this claim, the stipulations of that