“Chanson de L'Annee du Coup”


French. The governor asks the messenger what is the news. He reports a disaster, territory taken and people slain. The governor warns the people to prepare to flee


Acording to Belden's notes, the Indians who attacked St. Louis did so at the instigation of the British -- but with French Canadian support. The people blamed the Spanish commander. This seems awfully complicated for an event of 1780, and such hints as I can find in the histories don't mention the fact -- but that's not proof. - RBW

Historical references

  • May 1780 - Indians attack the trading post at St. Louis (founded 1764 and occupied by the Spanish 1771). Thirty inhabitants are killed.


  1. Belden, pp. 519-520, "Chanson de L'Annee du Coup" (1 text)
  2. BI, Beld519


Author: J. B Trudeau
Earliest date: 1845 (St. Louis Weekly Reveille)
Found in: US(So)