Essay about Louis Riel

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There were many occasions in history wherein the French and English Canadians have clashed but the first major historical event to tear the relationship into pieces was the Northwest Rebellion. The French Canadians regarded the Northwest Rebellion a noble cause and Louis Riel a hero who stood up to protect the rights of the French-speaking Métis. The English saw the rebellion as a threat to Canada's sovereignty and Riel as a traitor.

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
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Nolin agreed and support once again began building for Riel.

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

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