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The Red River Expedition at Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, 1877
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The Red River Expedition at Kakabeka Falls, Ontario
1877, by Frances Anne Hopkins

The expedition to Red River was a considerable feat for Canada's young militia. The expedition required more than a thousand boats and several hundred voyageurs to transport the 1,200 troops and their supplies over the unfinished Dawson Road to Red River. As hinted at in Hopkins' view of the militia's portage at Kakabeka Falls, the logistics of moving such a large contingent through the wilderness were considerable. When it finally arrived in Red River after four months en route, Louis Riel and other Métis leaders had already fled to the United States.



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