Father Rale's War
Father Rale's War was a three year long war fought between 1722-1725. The two sides were New England (and it's colonies) and the Wabanaki Confederacy. Native Americans allied with New France and formed the Confederacy. Two tribes in the Wabanaki Confederacy were the Maliseet and Abenaki. This war was not the French and Indian War, although the wars both involved France and Natives. The war was fought along the border of New England and Acadia, Maine; Nova Scotia; and between Northern Massachusetts and Vermont. Some of the war also took place in Canada. You are most likely wondering why it's called Father Rale's War. Father Rale was a French Catholic priest, teaching natives about Christ. During the Battle of Norridgewock ( August 23, 1724), he was attacked and killed on the spot. The battle is one of few in the war that shows the colonies were just as merciless as the natives. The Battle of Norridgewock was not so much a battle as it was an Native American and French massacre. Almost all the village's chiefs were killed; among them Chief Mog and Chief Carabesett. Only 150 members of the Abenaki tribe lived to see August 24, 1724. 80 members of the tribe were killed, and 14 wounded. This is an incredible loss, in comparison to Great Britain's losses: three dead, none wounded. Below is an artist's rendering of Father Rale's death.