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View Tree for Louis David RielLouis David Riel (b. October/22/1844, d. November/16/1885)

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Louis David Riel (son of Louis Riel and Julie Lagimodiere) was born October/22/1844 in RED RIVER SETTLEMENT MANITOBA, and died November/16/1885 in REGINA SASKATCHEWAN.

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In 1869, when the Hudson Bay Company sold its land rights, including Red River, to the new Dominion of Canada, the Metis felt their way of life would be threatened and resisted. They needed a leader. Providence delivered them Louis Riel, grandson of Lagimodiere. He was educated and eloquent, with a strong sympathy for their cause. Under Riel's direction, the Metis rebelled and took control of Red River. A provisional government was established with Riel as president. His negotiations with Ottawa resulted in Manitoba becoming the first new province of the Dominion. Three years later the Red River settlement was incorporated as the City of Winnipeg. By 1878, with the arrival of the railway, a new era of expansion and prosperity was underway

Children of Louis David Riel are:
  1. Jean Riel, d. date unknown.
  2. ? Riel, d. date unknown.
  3. Marie Angelique Riel, b. September/17/1883, d. 1897.
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