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sand of the Frencb kill'd at this time, and Twenty fix were carried away Prisoners, the greatest part of which were burnt alive. The Five Vaiions only lost three Men in this Expedition, that got Drunk, and were left behind. This, however, did not satiate their Thirst after Blood; for in October following they destroy'd likewise all the lower part of the Island, and carried away many Prisoners."
The Consequences of these Expeditions were very dismal to the French, for they were forced to burn their two Barks which they had on Cadarackui Lake, and to abandon their Fort there. They design'd to have blown up their Works when they left that place, and for that end left a lighted Match where the Powder lay, but were in such a Fright, that they durft not stay to see what effect it had. They went down Cadarackui River, in seven Birch Canoes, and for greater Security travel'd in the Night. One of the Canoes with all the men in it was lost by their Precipitation, as they passed one of the Falls of that River. The Five Nations hearing that the French had deserted Cadarackui Fort, 50 Indians went and took Possession of it, who found the Match the French had left, which had gone out, and 28 Barrils of Powder in the same place, together with several other Stores.
The News of the Success the Five Nations
had over the French, soon spread itself among all the Indians, and put the French Affairs every where into terrible Disorder.
The Utawawas had always shown an Inclination to the English, and they therefore immediately fent openly four Sachems with three Prisoners of the Sennekas that they had, to assure them, That they would forever Renounce all Friendship with the French, and promised to Restore the rest of the Prisoners. They also included seven Nations that liv'd near Misilimakinak , in this Peace.
This put the French commandant there under the greatest Difficulty to maintain his Poft; but there was no Choice, he must stand his Ground; for the Five Nations had cut off all hopes of Retiring.
The Nepeciriniens and Kikabous, of all their Numerous Allies, only remain'd firm to the French, every one of the others endeavour'd to gain the Friendship of the 5 Nations, and would certainly have done it, by Massacreing all the French among them, if the Sieur Perot had not with wonderful Sagacity and imminent Hazard to his own Person diverted them, for which Canada cannot do too much Honour to that Gentlemans Memory.
Canada was now in a moft Miserable Condition; for while the greatest Number of their Men had been employ'd in the Expeditions
against against the Five Nations, and in Trading among the far Nations, and making New Discoveries and Settlements, Tillage and Husbandry had been neglected ; now they lost several Thousands of their Inhabitants by the continual Incursions of small parties, so that none durst hazard themselves out of the Fortified Places. Indeed, itis not easie to conceive what Distress the French were then under; for tho' they were almost every where starving, they could not Plant nor Sow, or go from one Village to another for Relief, but with imminent Danger of having their Scalps carried away by the Sculking Indians. At last the whole Country being laid Waste, Famine began to rage, and was like to have put a Miserable End to that Colony.
If the Indians had understood the method of attacking Forts, nothing could have preserved the French from an entire Deftrudion at this time. For whoever considers the state of the Indian Affairs during this Period, How the Five Nations were divided in their Sentiements and Measures; The Onnondagas, Cayugas, and Oneydoes, under the Influence of the French Jesuits, were diverted from prosecuting the War with Canada, by the Jesuits cunningly spiriting up those three Nations against the Virginia Indians, and perswading them to send out their Parties that
way: The Sennekas had a War at the same time upon their hands with three numerous Indian Nations, the Utawawas, Chicktag bicks and Twibtwies: And the Measures the English observed with the French all King James's Reign, gave the Indians rather grounds of Jealousy than Assistance. I say, whoever considers all these things, and what the Five Nations did actually perform under all these Disadvantages against the French, will hardly doubt that the Five Nations by themselves were at that time an over Match for the French of CAN ADA.
The End of the First Part.