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Armed with the scientific reports of John Palliser
and Henry Youle Hind, William McDougall introduced a
series of resolutions which eventually led to the federal
government's purchase of Rupert's Land from the Hudson's
Bay Company. Two years later, in 1869, Prime Minister
John A. Macdonald appointed McDougall Lieutenant-Governor
of the North-West Territories. When McDougall (and his
four children) tried to cross the border at Pembina,
North Dakota, on his way to Red River to assume office,
he was turned back by a group of well-armed Métis.
McDougall issued this "proclamation" in an
effort to explain Canada's intentions. It would be the
start of many statements issued by opposing interests.
McDougall's manifesto was of little consequence; the
Red River Rebellion had already begun.
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