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with the treatment they received, however, Radisson and Des Groselliers again deserted to the English, putting the post on the Nelson River into the hands of the latter as a peace-offering.

The English A little later two Frenchmen found their Driven from way by streams and lakes from Hudson the Bay. Bay to the Ottawa, and thence to the St. Lawrence. The French and English were supposed to be at peace, but a force (of which one of the leaders was Le Moyne d'Iberville, a Canadian of noble birth) was promptly sent by this new route to attack the English posts on the Bay. Taken by surprise, their garrisons were easily overpowered, and were packed off to England in a small vessel. They were very angry, but James II., then king of England, was so taken up by a struggle with his own subjects that he had no wish to quarrel with the French. Thus for several years they were left in undisturbed possession of the forts.

The   Soon, however, James II. was driven from




the throne of -England, and was succeeded

in England d

1688. by his son-in-law, William of Orange, the untiring foe of the French king. Louis stirred up a rebellion in Ireland, and made plans for wresting New York from the English: but they were no longer hampered by the indifference of their king, and the strife was fierce and long.

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