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CHAPTER II.
FRONTENAC AND LA SALLE.

Count de   Louis de Buade, Count de Frontenac, now Frontenac, became governor. He had been a soldier

1672. since he was fifteen, and was poor, proud, and hot-tempered. He quarrelled constantly with those whose duty it was to help him to govern Canada, but he showed a wonderful talent for managing the savages.

Soon after his arrival at Quebec, Frontenac formed a little parliament or assembly, chosen from the three different classes of clergy, nobles, and commons. He also set the people to elect a mayor and two aldermen for the government of the city. But Louis XIV. did not like these proceedings at all. He forbade the count ever again to call the assembly together, and said that " it was important that no man should speak for all, but each only for himself."

Fort at   By this time the Indians had found that

Cataraqui. they could get better prices for their furs from the English than from the French. They had therefore begun to carry them to Albany ; but Frontenac thought that if a French fort were built at Cataraqui, where Kingston now stands, much of the old trade might be regained. He accordingly required Quebec, Montreal, and Three Rivers each to provide him with a certain number of labourers, and in July he went to meet the Iroquois at Cataraqui. He took with

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