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In October, two months after the attack on Lachine, the colony learned that France and England were at war.
New France sent out two hundred Canadian militiamen and their native allies to avenge Iroquois attacks on its settlements.  (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
New France sent out two hundred Canadian militiamen and their native allies to avenge Iroquois attacks on its settlements. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)

The best young officers were needed back in Europe. Frontenac was named governor once again by the King. His orders were to attack Albany in the English colony of New York. But Frontenac could not mount a full-scale offensive. Instead, he had to rely on guerrilla raids.

Frontenac bestowed this task upon young Canadien militiamen and Indians. The expedition was led by the coureur des bois Nicolas D'Ailleboust de Manthet, the brothers Jacques Le Moyne de Sainte-Hlne and Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. There were 114 other Canadiens and 96 Indians in total.

The expedition arrived shortly after midnight, on February 18, in the fortified village of Schenectady. There was no guard, and one of the gates has been left unlocked.

The mayor of Albany, Peter Schuyler, was horrified by the massacre.
On February 14, 1690, Canadian militiamen and their native allies attacked the fortified English village of Schenectady, New York, killing 60 settlers. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
On February 14, 1690, Canadian militiamen and their native allies attacked the fortified English village of Schenectady, New York, killing 60 settlers. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)

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