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
The French and the British
The French were the first Europeans to settle in what we call Canada and they called it...surprise surprise...New France.
The arch rival of France was the country Britain and one of their wars was over who would be in charge in Canada.
In 1762 this war ended when the British won which meant that Fort Mackinaw, the setting for this song, was given up by the French and taken over by the British.
Since Alexander Henry was American, he knew the British would let him do fur trading in Mackinaw and the Sault Ste. Marie area, something the French would have forbidden.
Have you ever risked danger in order to do or get something you wanted? What were the consequences? Was it worth the risk?