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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 15:12:18 EDT

"Hunters' Lodges, largest of the Secret Societies pledged to liberate the
Canadian provinces, founded in 1838 in the northern US by Canadian rebels who
had fled there after the Rebellions of 1837. The movement quickly became
American, with support from widely various border states and membership estimated at
40,000-60,000. Abandoning plans to invade Upper Canada July 4, 1838, the
patriot hunters attempted numerous unsuccessful incursions in the following,
Rebels were soundly defeated at Napierville, Lacolle and Odelltown, Lower Canada
and at Prescott, in the Battle of the Windmill and Windsor, Upper Canada. They
then undertook a series of border provocation's calculated to lead the US to
war, including burning the steamship "Sir Robert Peel" in the 1000 Islands and
blowing up Sir Isaac Brocks monument at Queenstown, Upper Canada. On Sept. 25,
1841, US President Tyler warned them to disband and in a short time the lodges
were a thing of the past."

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