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The Renunciation of Dollard

des Ormeaux

HE year was 166o, and the scene New France, that land of immense rivers and vast primitive forests, that after repeated and heroic failures had at last been

successfully colonised some fifty years previously by Champlain.

The entire population at this time numbered not more than three thousand, and the only settlements worthy of the name of town were Quebec, Three Rivers, and Montreal, then called Ville-Marie. Of these only the first could in any sense be considered fortified, dominated as it was by the old Fort St. Louis, high on the edge of the cliff, from the battlements of which the fleur-de-lis of France waved in the breeze. Three Rivers was merely a palisaded post surrounded by a small collection of log houses, a noted rendezvous for white men and savages from four directions—the vast lonely north, the

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