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Madeline de Vercheres

1678–1747
Civilization: European — French-Canadian
   Field of Renown:  heroine — Patriot
Era:  Rise of France

Madeline de Vercheres
SHE WAS AS FLEET-FOOTED AS A DEER.
Madeline de Vercheres is a minor character in history but an important one all the same. At the young age of fourteen, she managed to frighten off an attacking army of Iroquois Indians and, by doing so, preserved her family and her home.

Madeline was born in Ft. Vercheres, a small settlement located in modern-day Quebec. As a child, her home was attacked repeatedly by the Iroquois Indian tribe, who were upset by a French alliance with the Algonquians that obliterated their fur trade profits. During their first attack on the fort, Madeline’s mother stood against them with only four men to assist her, and her bravery greatly inspired her daughter. Madeline’s own victory came two years later, when, left to care for her family while her parents were gathering winter supplies, she spotted a horde of Indians descending on the fort. She began firing muskets and cannons, encouraging the people to make noise and give the impression that the settlement was well-guarded. Her courage and quick-thinking saved the French colonizers in America.


Key events during the life of Madeline de Vercheres:


Year
Event
1678
Born in Vercheres, a settlement in Canada
1690
Iroquois Indians attacked Ft. Vercheres but were not successful
1691
Iroquois mounted new attacks on New France
1692
Madeline saved Vercheres from a surprise Indian attack
1700
Her father died
1706
Married Pierre Thomas le Tarieu
1747
Died

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Story of Madeleine de Vercheres  in  Our Empire Story  by  H. E. Marshall


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 in American Book of Golden Deeds


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