A little history of the Canadian West
Louis Riel is considered the head of the Riel Rebellion – western Canada’s civil war. My research shows Gabriel Dumont was the actual leader – with Gabriel getting Louis Riel to come help him send letters and requests to the government. Gabriel could neither read nor write. Louis Riel was a very educated man, but no longer a gunfighter. From the accounts I can see Riel was completely immersed into religion and considered himself a prophet of the Lord. It is said he wouldn’t even touch a gun.
And Gabriel Dumont had no intentions of fighting either. He just wanted the government to fulfill some of its’ promises. Of course the government made no attempt to even reply, let alone carry through on any promises. So, it’s probably true the whole Rebellion could have been prevented, had the government had the decency to even answer the letters.
But Louis Riel was hung in Regina as the ‘ringleader’ of the Riel Rebellion. Possibly because Gabriel Dumont had escaped the noose and couldn’t be found to punish?
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