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Fall of Canada

Champlain leaving Canada, C.W. Jefferies 1942
Book Thirteen: The Kirke brothers: These five men were French Huguenots who took religious refuge in England. They became privateers, basically pirates sailing under a government’s flag to raid its enemies (think Sir Francis Drake). In 1628 one or two of them did sail into the St. Lawrence River to take Canada, but when they managed to raid French ships on the way in, they returned to England. In 1629 they did return and take Québec from its founder. Samuel Champlain may have never seen it this way, but it allowed him to eventually return to France and build a force capable of taking Canada back, and with the addition of five hardy families from the rural area of Perche, France, make it a viable entity. Read More 
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