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Homework Help: Comic Strip for Red River Colony

Posted by Emma on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 8:36pm.

Before I do the comic strip. I made a summary of the main events that happened at the Red River Colony to grasp a better idea of the comic strip project. Since I'm doing the summary. Could I get some help shortening sentences. Cause I need help writing those dialouge things at the bottom of the strips. I've folded my big sheet of paper into 24 little squares. In each of those squares, I have to draw people like the Metis, and the Scottish settlers, and I have to write small sentences at the bottom describing what is happening in the images. Then I have to put bubbles around people, and say what they are saying. But that's where I am having trouble. Here is the summary that I accomplished all by myself researching and researching.


-Main ideas r contained in organized sequence.

-pictures and dialouges tell story

-uses speech, expression, and thought bubbles neatly printed.

-uses few words that say a lot

-shows action

-characterized people/objects

-effective use of humour

Lord Selkirk is sad seeing the Scottish settlers in trouble. They are in need of food and money. The settlers only had two choices, either to move to cities and become factory workers or emigrate to British North America and become farmers. The crofters were poor and could not afford to go to British North America. Lord Selkirk decided to use his money to create agricultural colonies for the displaced crofters in the colonies. He establishes settlements in the Maritimes and in upper Canada. He establishes a farming colony in the Red River Valley to solve problems of the HBC and the Scottish settlers. The farmers would have good fertile in the new land area and the HBC could use their produce to supply employees at much less expense. Selkirk's grant is created. Selkirk and the HBC do not care about the people already living in that region. Miles Macdonnel leads the Scottish and Irish labourers to Red River. They reach York factory late, and do not reach Red River until very late period of time. This group is joined by other colonists. As they reach Red River..the weather does not support them as its a harsh winter. They go to the NWC post of Fort Pembina. In Spring, Miles Macdonnel leads his group back to Red River. The colonists are shocked to see the failure of their crops, the climate, and are tired of the work they have to get done. They were hungry and had to go back to Fort Pembina for food. A second group of colonists landed at the wrong factory by mistake and faced harsh weather. During next year of spring, they arrived at the Red River colony. Macdonnel issues his Pemmican Proclamation because he does not want to run out of food again. His proclamation bans sales and stops the Pemmican from getting exported. The Metis are angry. Macdonnel tells the NWC to leave the Red River Valley. Duncan Cameron, the NWC chief trader directs the NWC and the Metis and together they harrass the colonist by burning buildings, trampling crops, and firing rifles at night. Cameron tells the colonists to leave and arrests Macdonnel. Robertson tells the colonists to go back to Red River Valley, and they do. He makes peace with the Metis and the NWC. Robert Semple is the new governor and arrives with 84 new colonists. Robertson tells Semple to be careful of attacks, Semple does not listen. Semple attacks and burns the NWC fort Gibraltar. This action told the Metis that the Selkirk colonists wanted war. Cuthbert Grant leads group of Metis, attacks group of HBC boats on Assinbone River - to west of Red River. They put away a supply of pemmican, which they viewed as a fairly good reward for Macdonnel’s Pemmican Proclamation two years earlier. A month later, Grant and a party of Métis arrived at the Red River colony. They were better armed and trained in military discipline this time. They believed that they had a right over this area, and not the recent colonists. Grant was also an employee of the NWC. Semple and his 28 men rode out to face the Metis, who were coming near the colonist’s settlement. The Métis split into 2 groups, one in front of the colonists and one behind. Within 15 minutes, Semple and 20 of his men, but only one Metis were killed. This battle was called the battle of oaks. The Colonists left to Jack River House, and once again the colony was destroyed. Selkirk was arriving to see his colony for the very first time. He hired a group of 95 Swiss mercenaries to be on his side, and to support him, and in return he promised to give them some land. On the way he met Macdonnel who told him of the Battle of Oaks. Selkirk got angry and moved west with his troops, took away the NWC depot of Fort William, and moved down on the Red River. He took military control of the area. Protected by swiss soldiers, the colonists started over for a third time. Selkirk made treaty with local Ojibwa and Cree nations, gaining possession of the Red River Valley along both Red River and Assiniboine River. Selkirk’s payment, for what amounted to a lease, was 100 pounds of tobacco a year. After Selkirk left the area, he had thought that he had handled the dispute between the colonist and the metis and the NWC. When he returned to London, he was faced with a flood if lawsuits arising from the actions of employees in the Red River. For the next 3 years, he battled the NWC in the courts. He died in 1820, worned out by this litigation.

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