ada.— anarchy in the administration.
The rangers at Fort William Henry defy the
chap. XI.} 1757. winter.
The forests, pathless wit's expedition
Vaudreuil's Account, 22 April, 1757. against Fort William Henry.
They must travel sixty leagues; the snowshoes on their feetadders, to surprise the English fort.
Letter of Ere, dated Fort William Henry, 22 March, 1757. But the garrison was on the watch, and the ead, near the centre of a wider opening between its mountains, Fort William Henry stood on its bank, almost on a level with the lake.
Lofty hiimid Webb there was nothing to fear.
He went, it is true, to Fort William Henry, but took care to leave again with a large escort, just in sed French and Canadians, and about seventeen hundred Indians.
Fort William Henry was defended by Lieutenant-Colonel Monro,
Journal de l'expedition, &c., &c.
After the surrender of Fort William Henry, the savages retired.
Twelve hundred men were employed to de
s, said even royalists, but the inhabitants on the frontier will not be one jot the safer for them.
The English had been driven from every cabin in the basin of the Ohio; Montcalm had destroyed every vestige of their power within that of the St. Lawrence.
France had her posts on each side of the Lakes, and at Detroit, at Mackinaw, at Kaskaskia, and at New Orleans.
The two great valleys of the Mississippi and the St. Lawrence were connected chiefly by three well known routes,—by way of Waterford to Fort Duquesne, by way of the Maumee to the Wabash, and by way of Chicago to the Illinois.
Of the North American continent, the French claimed, and seemed to possess, twenty parts in twenty-five, leaving four only to Spain, and but one to Britain.
Their territory exceeded that of the English twenty-fold.
As the men composing the garrison at Fort Loudoun, in Tennessee, were but so many hostages in the hands of the Cherokees, the claim of France to the valleys of the Mississippi and the