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50   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

did indeed sail with upwards of 4,000 sailors and soldiers for the purpose of capturing Martinique in the West Indies, and then proceeding to Boston to take on additional troops for an attack on Quebec. But the at-tempt to capture Martinique ended in a repulse with heavy loss; then an infectious disorder broke out, which carried off more than three-fourths of the soldiers and crews. Arriving at Boston, the fleet communicated the disease to the citizens, of whom a large number perished. The Admiral, therefore, discouraged by his failure in the West Indies, and unable to repair his losses at Boston, relinquished the idea of proceeding to Quebec and re-turned to England.

A destructive incursion made by the French in 1693 against the Iroquois had humbled that warlike people. They sent several emissaries to Montreal and Quebec to negotiate a treaty, and, after some delay, a truce was agreed to in 1694; but Frontenac realized that with England and France still at war, and with the English colonists encouraging the Iroquois to make raids on New France, there could be no satisfactory peace. Again, the Iroquois strongly objected to the re-establishment of Fort Frontenac, a cherished purpose of Frontenac. In 1695, in spite of the hostility of the Iroquois and the ex, pressed wishes of the Government of France, a force of 36 officers, 400 regulars and Canadians, and 200 Indians was sent to Fort Frontenac. Under the Marquis de Crisasy, a Neapolitan noble, as commandant, the old fort was repaired and in the course of fifteen days made sufficiently strong to withstand assault. A garrison of forty-eight soldiers reoccupied the place, and small parties of Indians were sent across the lake to harass the Iroquois, who in due course took to the war-path, and fire and tomahawk once more ravaged the frontiers.

During the spring of 1696, Frontenac made preparations for a decisive campaign against the Iroquois. The Canadian militia, the Hurons from Lorette, the Abnaki from the Chaudiere, and the 800 regular soldiers were


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