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emies with varying success and ever-increasing ferocity.
The Illini confederacy claimed the territory on the east bank of the Mississippi, and lived in friendly intercourse with the villagers in the little settlement on the site of the city of St. Louis.
Their enemies coveted this beautiful country for winter hunting — grounds, and determined to win it with their battle-axes.
The Sacs and Foxes owned no allegiance other than to the English, and made constant predatory, and sometimes murde a more powerful incentive.
On Corpus Christi day, May 6, 1779, one thousand two hundred Canadians, reinforced by detachments of Ojibeways, Menomonees, Winnebagoes, Sioux, Sacs, and Foxes, commenced the attack upon the little walled town of St. Louis.
The day had been observed always as a holiday, and the citizens were expected to be out looking for wild strawberries; but, fortunately, warned by the rumors of a contemplated attack, only a few had gone to inspect their crops.