Press:Altitude Pub Canada Ltd Heritage House Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1, 2005)
Author Name:Gordon, Irene Ternier
For many Métis, the Battle of Seven Oaks is the historic moment when their people first stood up for their rights as a nation against England and the Hudson's Bay Company.
This book chronicles the dramatic struggle between the North West company and the Hudson's Bay company, out of which the Red River settlement (and later Winnipeg) was born.
About the Author
Irene Ternier Gordon lives along the Assiniboine River in Headingley, Manitoba.
She has had a passion for history and writing since childhood.
After a career as a teacher-librarian, she became a freelance writer in 1998.
She enjoys canoeing in the wilderness, skiing, sailing, hiking, swimming, travelling, and spending time with her two young grandsons, Jesse and Riley.
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he lookout in the watchtower at Fort Douglas gave the alarm as soon as he caught the first indistinct sight of a party of horsemen riding across the plains that June afternoon.
Governor Semple hurried into the tower and watched the riders through a spyglass for some minutes.
Certain they were MÈtis, he called for 15 or 20 volunteers to go out and meet them.
He waited impatiently while the men were issued weapons - muskets, bayonets, balls, and powder - but refused to take the three-pounder field piece (cannon), saying he was only going to see that the MÈtis wanted, not fight with them.
In the meantime, the MÈtis, led by Cuthbert Grant, came across three settlers working in a filed and took them prisoner so they could not raise the alarm.
Then, seeing Semple and his men marching towards them, Grant ordered a small advance party to make camp while he and the main party rode back to meet Semple.
The two groups halted when they came within hailing distance of each other.
Grant ordered his men to fan out in a half-moon shape around Semple's men, who extended their line and retreated a few steps.
They they faced each other silently and motionlessly - Grant's men on horseback, Semple's on foot.
Grant gave an order to one of his men, Francois Fermin Boucher: "Tell Semple to surrender, or we will fire upon him." Boucher rode up to Semple, and the two men spoke briefly.
Then Semple lost his temper, He seized the reins of Boucher's horse and many have grabbed at his gun.
A second later a shot rang out.
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