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1885 Louis Riel Rebellion

            Louis, the first child of Louis Riel Pere and Julie Lagimodiere, was born October 22, 1844 in St. In 1843 after spending his childhood in Quebec where his parents had returned to live and following an attempt at being a seminarian, Louis Riel Pere returned to settle in the West, the country where he was born. Here in Red River he met Julie Lagimodiere and their marriage was solemnized by Bishop Provencher on January 21, 1844 at St. Boniface Cathedral. Both were devout Catholics, as Julie had also considered a religious life before marrying Louis Riel. Their piety was to be an important factor in the family's daily life. Louis spent his childhood on the east bank of the Red River, not far from St. Boniface and the property of his Lagimodiere grandparents. He grew up among the Métis, extremely conscious of his identity, inherited through his father's line. At the age of ten, he began his education, eventually studying at the school run by the Christian Brothers established in the Settlement in 1854. With the aim of training priests for the young colony, Bishop Tache sent him to Montréal in 1858, along with two other boys, Daniel McDougall and Louis Schmidt, to continue his studies. The rest of this essay will talk about the development of the rebellion, development of Manitoba, the actual rebellion, and the death of Riel.
             During the summer of 1869, the Canadian government sent John Stoughton Dennis to the Red River to survey the land. The Métis didn't like him at all. A problem they had with him was that he was surveying the land in Ontario style of survey which is done in squares instead of the system of long narrow lots with frontage used by the Métis. What angered the Métis the most is that the surveying of the land was taken place before Manitoba had been transferred to Canada. When Dennis arrived in Fort Gary, opposition broke out. On October 11, 1869 proclaiming that the Canadian government had no right to act without permission, sixteen Métis led by Louis Riel stopped a crew of surveyors on the property of Louis, Cousin André Nault.

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