Massacre at Schenectady, 1690
Hatchets swung up and down. Blood
spattered across the snow. Flames
up from the burning buildings,
sending sparks spiraling up into the
darkness. Indian war cries split the
night, sending shivers up the
of attackers and victims.
One man, Jean Baptiste Giguere,
stood in the middle of the chaos,
questioning his role in the mayhem,
his loyalties torn between the
who claimed this land, and his attachment to the new land
Before there was Canada or America, there was New France and New
England. In the late 17th century the French and British fought for
territory and riches in the new lands of North America.
On the French side, among the soldiers and the Indians fighting for
their country were men called the Woods Runners. Coureur de Bois, the
men who became known as Voyageurs - tough, hard-bitten adventurers who
shaped the course of two countries.