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Weapons

Type: Document

This section illustrates a selection of firearms and bladed weapons used by British and Canadian military units during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Formidable Fighters

Type: Document

The peoples of the Pacific coast were formidable fighters during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their warriors used bows and javelins, carried clubs and bone-bladed daggers, and could wear wooden armour. They preferred a mass assault, but treachery during 'friendly' meetings were not rare.

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Amerindian Weapons and Armour

Type: Document

Before European contact, native warriors carried bows, arrows and some sort of club or tomahawk. Wooden armour and shields were used for protection.

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Gathering the Troops

Type: Document

The Carignan-Salières regiment was brought up to strength with men from other French units before departing for Canada. Legend says that these men were veterans of fighting against the Ottoman Empire. The Carignan-Salières was one of the first French units to wear uniforms.

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British Crush Opposition at Saint-Charles

Type: Document

The second engagement of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 saw British troops crush a gathering of Les Patriotes at Saint-Charles. When some rebels pretended to surrender and then opened fire again, the troops bayoneted many of them and then burned the village.

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Viking Weaponry

Type: Document

Viking warriors provided their own arms and equipment. Spears and shields were common, while armour and swords were highly prized.

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