Notes on Louis Riel: Hero, Traitor, Father of Confederation, Prophet, Mad Man.
Using highlighters, highlight the parts of the notes that are evidence for each of the above and make a note in the left margin which one it is.These notes come from The Canadian Encyclopedia
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- · By 1885 the North-West Mounted Police had been established and a railway to the West almost completed.
- · This meant the Canadian government was able to supply troops and munitions quickly. This was very different than during the Red River Rebellion.
· During the fighting Riel led the Metis along with his military commander Gabriel Dumont to win a number of battles despite smaller numbers and inferior weapons.· The Metis were joined by the Plains people led by Big Bear and Crowfoot.
- · Riel was convinced that God was directing him and saw himself as the "Prophet of the New World."
- · Riel himself rarely fought, instead would raise his arms in prayer as the fighting went on around him.
- · After 2 months of fighting Riel surrendered – this was called the North-West Rebellion.