The Battle of the Long Sault, near Montreal in 1660 during the French-Iroquois Wars. The Canadian Alamo!
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The Battle of the Long Sault, Chapter 40: Louis Taondechoren
En route to Onondaga Iroquois territory, just at the top of the Long Sault rapid, the sixty-year-old Huron warrior, Louis Taondechoren, was hustled along during the portage. He spied a plant on the path that he knew to be poisonous. He pulled a leaf from it and, knowing he would not die with a bite, he swallowed it.
Almost immediately he became violently ill. He vomited on the Onondaga brave was pulling him along. The brave yelled and pushed him away, close to the precipice. He fell to the ground, his head over the falls pulling the brave with him. He vomited wretchedly, and the brave took his knife and cut the gut strap between them so that none of the sickness would possibly infect him.
Taondechoren crawled to the edge of the promontory overlooking the steep drop to the river rocks water below. The disgusted brave complained to the others who laughed and mocked him. While the Iroquois were thus engaged, Louis rose from his prone position to his knees, still retching.
Annenraes looked at him and said, “We cannot wait here long. The wounded must be removed to the longhouses.”
When the brave who had had Louis tied to him turned to get his prisoner, Louis stood up and suddenly pushed off the rock and plunged into the water fifty feet below.
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