Canadian Military History Gateway
Date > 1700
Subject > Politics and Society > Information and Media
France's 1778 entry into the American Revolutionary War spread fear in several places. The Maritimes worried about a French fleet disrupting shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence or attacking Newfoundland. In Quebec, officials worried about Canadian reaction to a French landing.
Recruiters would entice potential volunteers with false tales of the easy, glorious life they would lead in the military, and told stories of riches to be won. Getting the men drunk also played an important part in recruiting practices.
Introduction by W.A.B. Douglas, Director Directorate of History, Program Chairman. Articles in a variety of languages including: English, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, Russian, Greek.
After reading the Continental Congress Manifesto of 1774, urging the people of Quebec to join the Thirteen Colonies in revolt against England, most Canadians chose to stay out of the conflict. But there were some who were eager to join the rebellion, and they tried to persuade their neighbours. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
In the summer of 1757, even an unexpected victory at Fort Carillon was not enough to quell squabbling in the French camp. General Montcalm's tactless praise of his French metropolitan troops raised the ire of the Canadian and colonial troops, who had played little part in the battle.
In 1774, North America was on the edge of a new upheaval. While Quebec had been conquered and was now British, the Thirteen Colonies were going through their own tortured identity crisis: would they remain British colonies or become a republic? The people of Quebec found themselves being pressured to join the revolution. A manifesto from the 13 Colonies was posted in Montreal and Quebec City urging citizens into an alliance with the Americans. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.
In 1793, the execution of King Louis XVI by French revolutionaries, and the British declaration of war against France were shocks to the French Canadians. They mourned the king, and read propaganda circulated by the French ambassador to the United States with cautious interest.
The tasks the militia captains undertook on behalf of the civil government of New France were wide ranging, from carrying out the census to enforcing public health regulations in the towns.