• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

A Duel!

It's hard to imagine such a thing happening today but in 1838 John Prince challenged another man to a duel with pistols!


The other man, William R. Wood, spoke out against John Prince for executing prisoners of war.


John took this as an insult to his honour and demanded a duel.


On the day of the event the other man shot and missed while John's shot hit wounded Mr. Wood though he later recovered.


Has anyone ever said something about you that you thought was an unfair insult? Can you think of a better way to resolve the problem than dueling each other with pistols?


Young John Prince, Courtesy of the City of Sault Ste. Marie