(Adam Daulac des Ormeaux)


Adam Daulac des Ormeaux was born in France but arrived in Montreal in 1658 as a military volunteer. He served as a garrison commander of the fort of Ville-Marie, and at the end of the next year, he was given a piece of property comprising 25 acres. With the support of Montreal governor Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Daulac organized a westward expedition with a group of about sixteen volunteers. They traveled up the Ottawa River for ten days before setting up camp near Carillon, Quebec, where they were soon surrounded by Iroquois. The siege, known as the Battle of Long Sault, lasted several days, and at its end all of the explorers had been killed or captured. The battle greatly weakened the Iroquois, and they cancelled their planned attack on Ville Marie and instead returned home. Adam Daulac remained unknown until the 1940s, when his story was rediscovered and he was made a hero of New France, an example of selfless personal sacrifice.

Key events during the life of Adam Daulac des Ormeaux:

Moved to Canada as a military officer.
Battle of Long Sault.
  Killed in battle with the Iroquois.

Other Resources

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Book Links
Concerning Jesuits in Canada  in  Canada: Peeps at History  by  Beatrice Home
Knight of New France  in  Our Empire Story  by  H. E. Marshall

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