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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oswego, (search)
w in the movement a promise of protection from incursions of the French. Soon afterwards, at a convention of governors and commissioners held at Albany, the Six Nations renounced their covenant of friendship with the English. In 1756 Dieskau was succeeded by the Marquis de Montcalm, who, perceiving the delay of the English at Albany and their weakness through sickness and lack of provisions (of which he was informed by spies), collected about 5,000 Frenchmen, Canadians, and Indians at Frontenac (now Kingston), at the foot of Lake Ontario, crossed that lake, and appeared before Oswego in force on Aug. 11. He attacked Fort Ontario, on the east side of the river, commanded by Colonel Mercer, who, with his garrison, after a short but brave resistance, withdrew to an older fort on the west side of the stream. The English were soon compelled to surrender the fort. Their commander was killed, and on the 14th Montcalm received, as spoils of victory, 1,400 prisoners, a large quantity o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
nt granted to the Duke of York by Charles II......June 29, 1674 Maj. Edmund Andros appointed governor......July 1, 1674 Formal delivery of New Netherland to the English......Nov. 10, 1674 Capt. John Manning, who surrendered New York to the Dutch in 1673, courtmartialled and sentenced to have his sword broken over his head, and forbidden to wear a sword or serve the crown......February, 1675 Philip of Pokanoket's, or King Philip's, War......1675 New fort built by La Salle at Frontenac......1676 Governor Andros asserts English sovereignty over the Iroquois......1676 Father Hennepin among the Mohawks......1677 France denies English sovereignty over the Iroquois......1677 Fresh discoveries in the interior of New York; a large tract purchased from the Indians by Louis du Bois, Jean Hasbrouck, and others. The governor confirms the grant extending along the Shawangunk Mountains and along the Hudson River, now Ulster county......Sept. 16, 1677 Governor Andros a
lied her forces under the standard of advancing freedom. If the issue had depended on the condition of the colonies, it could hardly have seemed doubtful. The French census for the North American continent, in 1688, showed but eleven thousand two hundred and forty-nine persons—scarcely a tenth part of the English population on its frontiers; about a twentieth part of English North America. West of Montreal, the principal French posts, and 1688 those but inconsiderable ones, were at Frontenac, at Mackinaw, and on the Illinois. At Niagara, there was a wavering purpose of maintaining a post, but no permanent occupation. So weak were the garrisons, that English traders, with an escort of Indians, had ventured even to Mackinaw, and, by means of the Senecas, obtained a large share of the commerce of the lakes. French diplomacy had attempted to pervade 1687 the west, and concert an alliance with all the tribes from Lake Ontario to the Mississippi. The traders were summoned even
Leran, and by Bourlamarque, colonel of infantry. Travelling day and night, he hurried to Fort Carillon, at Ticonderoga; by two long marches on foot, he made himself familiar with the ground, and took measures for improving its defences. Montcalm to the minister, 20 July, 1756. He next resolved by secrecy and celerity to take Oswego. Collecting at Montreal three regiments from Quebec, and a large body of Canadians and Indians, on the fifth of August he was able to review his troops at Frontenac, and on the evening of the same day anchored in Sackett's Harbor. Fort Oswego, on the right of the river, was a large stone building surrounded by a wall flanked with four small bastions, and was commanded from adjacent heights. For its defence, Shirley had crowned a summit on the opposite bank with Fort Ontario. Against this outpost, Montcalm, on the twelfth of chap. X.} 1756. August, at midnight, opened his trenches. From the following daybreak till evening, the fire of the garri
ami, the Wabash, and the Illinois rivers. Property and religion were cared for in the terms; but for civil liberty no stipulation was even thought of. Thus Canada, under the forms of a despotic administration, came into the possession of England by conquest; and in a conquered country the law was held to be the pleasure of the king. On the fifth day after the capitulation, Rogers departed with two hundred rangers to carry English banners to the upper posts. Rogers: Journals, 197. At Frontenac, now Kingston, an Indian hunting-party brought them wild fowl and venison. At Niagara, they provided themselves with the fit costume of the wilderness. From Erie in the chilly days of November they went forward in boats, being the first considerable party of men whose tongue was the English that ever spread sails on Lake Erie or swept it with their oars. The Indians on the Lakes were at peace, united under Pontiac, the great chief of the Ottawas, happy in a country fruitful of corn and