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Surrender of Batoche 1885, with Gatling Gun

McCausland, Toronto


Fifteen years after the failure of the Provisional Government he had established in Manitoba, Louis Riel was again convinced to lead a Metis and Indian rebellion, this time in the Batoche area of what would become Saskatchewan. The newly built Canadian Pacific Railway allowed Ottawa to send a large military force to put down the rebellion, assisted by the latest in American war technology, the Gatling gun.

Riel was subsequently tried and hanged for treason in Regina. He has become a heroic and legendary figure for many Canadians.

An image of Riel is on the preceding page.

Canadian Memorial Church
Vancouver, British Columbia