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84   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

cost of the expedition. But the garrison left in the shattered town. suffered cruelly from cold and hunger. .1

Invasion   In the following year, 1746, the New Eng-

of Canada   landers raised a large force, hoping with

Punned. help from England to conquer Canada. But no help was sent, and the news came that a French fleet was crossing the ocean, so the colonists stayed at home to defend their own shores.

The French This French fleet, however, was terribly un-Fleets. fortunate. It was delayed first by contrary winds, then by a calm. A fearful tempest sank some of the ships and disabled others. Food fell short, and many of the sailors became ill. On reaching Nova Scotia the admiral died suddenly, the second in command killed himself, and La Jonquiere, upon whom the leadership now fell, returned to France in despair, though he had been appointed governor of Canada.

In 1747 La Jonquiere sailed from France with an-other fleet, but had hardly put to sea when he was met and defeated by the English under Anson. Many of his ships were captured, and he was .made prisoner

The English During this year, on the other hand, a body Surprised by of Canadians, after marching for eighteen the French. days through deep snow-drifts, surprised a

large party of New Englanders encamped at Grand Pre, killed many, and forced the rest to leave the province. This made the Acadians more difficult to manage than before. But the British rulers still neglected to strengthen their governor's hands, and the assemblies of New England took little trouble to prevent the raids of the French and Indian scalping parties, which were again causing frightful misery on their borders.


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