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This vignette is a collage of video, sounds and music from Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site situated in the province of Quebec, Canada. The video depicts the site, the artefacts and the activities offered at the national historic site. There is no spoken dialogue associated with this video.
At the Battle of the Châteauguay on October 26, 1813 an invading American Army of more than 3000 men were marching to attack Montreal. They were stopped on the Châteauguay River by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles de Salaberry and his force of 1500 men. First Nations allies and volunteer soldiers of Lower Canadian militia, the Canadian Voltigeurs, and the Canadian Fencibles, all recruited in Canada, saved Montreal from an American attack.
In several battles, particularly in 1812 and 1813, the role of First Nations was the key element in victory—the Battle of Queenston Heights, the Battle of Beaver Dams,
the Skirmish at Butler’s Farm, the Battle of the Châteauguay, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, the Battle of Chippawa, the Capture of the Tigress and Scorpion and the Repulse
of McArthur’s Raid being the most notable on Canadian soil. Take part in the special events marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.