Louis Riel & the Battle of Batoche

The dream of a Métis State in the Prairies ended on May 12, 1885 at the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan, Canada. Louis Riel had petitioned Ottawa for land rights and better conditions for the native population who were dying of starvation. When the petition was denied Riel established a provisional government and an army was sent to quell the insurrection – a decision that had devastating consequences for those involved. For more information: check out episode #55 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.

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