Essay about Louis Riel
Louis Riel had taken up residence in the United States after the Red River Rebellion. A delegation traveled to Montana to enlist Riel's help once again to stop the Canadian government from encroaching on Métis land. Riel returned to Canada with the delegation and drew up a petition of …show more content…
The Battle of Duck Lake put Riel on a definite collision course against the Canadian government. His turn to violence severed his unities with English-speaking population. They had wanted to keep agitation within legal limits and Riel had gone against their wishes. Tempers were flaring on both sides of the issue and the surrounding Indian bands were becoming excited and agreed to back Riel and his followers against the Canadian army. The Canadian government responded quickly to the violence. They sent men on trains that took days instead of weeks to arrive in to the Northwest area. General Middleton was the man commanding the Canadian Militia. His men fought to a standoff against Riel and his men at Fish Creek. Riel at this point was rumored to have been praying with the women and children of his community during this battle and the Indians believed it was his prayers that helped them get through the ordeal. Finally, at the battle of Batoche, the Canadian army defeated Louis Riel and the Métis. After securing his wife and children, Riel surrendered to three Mounted Police scouts who took him to General Middleton (Flanagan 66).
The biggest dispute over Louis Riel between the French and English speaking Canadians would be the fairness of his trial. Although his followers were treated as simple people manipulated by the