LA BARRE AND DENONVILLE.
..a Barre La Barre, the new governor, seems to have
and the hoped to make a fortune from the fur
Iroquois. trade. Soon he had a number of coureurs de Bois in his own service. He used the king's canoes to carry his goods, and left Fort Frontenac so defence-less that the Iroquois robbed it of all it contained. The Indian wars still continued, and La Barre did not try to stop them so long as they did no harm to the fur trade. But when the Iroquois attacked a party of his own traders, and seized their canoes, he raised a great force to punish them. A large number of Indians joined him, some of whom travelled hundreds of miles in the hope of seeing the Iroquois humbled. Dongan, the governor of New York, warned the Five Nations of the intended attack, but offended them by claiming that they were under his government.
After working hard to get ready for war, La Barre's courage all melted away. Without striking a blow, he made a disgraceful treaty with the Iroquois, leaving at their mercy the tribes living near the Illinois River, who looked to the French for protection. Upon this his Indian allies went home in disgust. The colonists were no better pleased. and in the following year La Barre was recalled, and his treaty declared not binding on the French.