Canada 1838-42

The Canadian Rebellion

French Canadian militants in Lower Canada took up arms against the British Crown in a pair of insurrections in 1837 and 1838.

On the 1st of May, 1838, the 7th Hussars embarked at Cork for service in Canada consequent on the outbreak of the Canadian Rebellion.

They were stationed in Montreal and Laprairie until 1842 when they returned to England.

The twin rebellions, which killed more than 300 people, followed years of tensions between the colony’s anglophone minority and the growing, nationalistic aspirations of its francophone majority.

The rebels failed in their campaign against British rule, but their revolt fueled the speed of political reform, including the arrival of responsible government.

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