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DAULAC, Adam, born in France in 1635; died in Long Sault, Canada, in 1660. He was trained to the profession of arms, and came to Canada in 1657. He was appointed commander of the garrison in Montreal soon after his arrival. As the Iroquois were devastating the French settlements, he adopted a desperate plan to repel their attacks. He persuaded sixteen young men of the garrison to devote themselves to the safety of the colony. They took their way up the Ottawa in canoes, and, on reaching the foot of Long Snult, landed and took possession of an abandoned palisade fort, constructed of small trees, and almost defenseless. They were joined afterward by forty Hurons and four Algonquians, who asked to be allowed to share their enterprise. Next day the Frenchmen fired on two canoes containing Iroquois, killing several. The survivors rushed to the woods and informed their companions, who, to the number of 200, attacked the fort, but they were repelled with great loss, and built a fort at some distance. In a second and third assault they fared still worse, and then sent for 500 warriors who were on their way to join in an attack on Quebec. On the arrival of this re-enforcement, the French were deserted by all the Hurons except the chief. Daulac, however, still held the palisade, and for three days repelled every assault of the 700 Iroquois and their Huron allies. Many of the Indians were now desirous to retreat, but others insisted that a final attack should be made, led by a body of their bravest warriors. This assault was successful, a breach was made, and Daulac and his companions were killed after they had slain a large number of the enemy.
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