1885 Northwest Rebellion
The Northwest Rebellion of 1885 was a time of discontent among the Metis and Indian people with the Federal Government. Land titles were not respected, treaties weren?t being fulfilled, and the CPR fiasco are just some of the trigger factors that sparked this revolt. Led by Louis Riel, the revolt was a desperate reaction by the Metis against the government?s treatment of their people. This paper is set out to illustrate the events that caused the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 and its results.
The acquisition of the Northwest or ?Rupert?s Land? by the Federal government led to a chain of events which triggered the uprising from the Metis in the Red River Settlement of Manitoba. The government of John A. Macdonald needed to acquire Rupert?s Land because the Americans were keen on annexing the land. Negotiations started in 1868 in London between Canada and the Hudson Bay Company (HBC). In 1869-70, one of the largest real-estate deals in history took place, Canada paid the HBC a cash amount of ?300,000 and gave the HBC one-twentieth of the land to maintain its trading posts. The establishment of a temporary colonial
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