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90   CANADIAN HISTORY rOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

portant posts. The garrison of Niagara was strengthened, and the English force sent to attack it turned back on reaching Oswego.

Johnson's   Meanwhile, Johnson, with a body of back-

victory. woodsmen and Mohawks, was advancing towards Crown Point. But before he reached it he was attacked by the French in his camp on Lake George. After a long, fierce fight they were beaten off, and their general, Baron Dieskau, was wounded and made prisoner. Johnson built a fort on Lake George, which he called William Henry, but did not venture to attack Crown Point. Nevertheless, he was rewarded for his victory with the title of baronet and a grant of £5.000.

Discontent We must now turn to Nova Scotia. Its

in Nova   new governor, Major Lawrence, a stern,

Scotia. strong-willed man, found the Acadians most troublesome. Some Germans who had settled at Lunenburg were also dissatisfied and uneasy.

In June, Beausejour was attacked by a force of two thousand New Englanders under the command of an English officer, Colonel Monckton. The fortress was in no condition to stand a prolonged siege, and Vergor, its corrupt and incompetent commander, surrendered it with scarcely a struggle after appealing in vain for reinforcements from Quebec and Louisbourg. Soon afterwards the French from the St. John retired to Louisbourg.

Removal   At last the whole country was in the hands

of the   of the English, and the Acadians were told

Acadians. that they must take the oath of allegiance or leave the province. They had expressed their willingness to take an oath of neutrality in the struggle between France and England, but now repeated their refusal to take an oath of allegiance which they believed would compel them to take up arms against their compatriots. This final refusal led to swift and summary action. The Acadians were summoned to their churches to hear a message from the governor, and within a short time were put on board ships and transported to the


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