CANADA UNDER CHAMPLAIN.
Quebec We must now go back to the year i6o8,
Founded, and see what Champlain was doing. De
1608. Monts had regained his monopoly for one year, and, in the hope of making larger profits than before, turned to the St. Lawrence. The task of exploring was again given to Champlain, while another man traded with the Indians.
Champlain sailed up the river till he came to rugged Cape Diamond—so called from the glistening bits of quartz found there. .\.t this place he decided to settle, and during the hot July days his wooden houses and fortifications rose quickly on what is now the market-place of the lower town of Quebec. He was untiring in his labours, but some of his men wearied of their hard work and poor food, and planned to murder him. Fortunately for New France, one of them betrayed the plot, and the ring-leaders were punished.
The French managed to make their quarters warm and comfortable, but knew of no remedy for the dreadful scurvy, and before spring over two-thirds of their number were (lead. During the winter bands of Algonquin Indians camped beside the little fort, hoping perhaps for help against their terrible enemies, the Iroquois ol Five Nation Indians. The Algonquins never sowed corn, so were generally short of food in the cold season