Schenectady Massacre was an attack against the village of
Schenectady in the colony of New York on February 8, 1690.
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1) It was carried out by a party of over
200 French commandos and Sault and Algonquin Indian raiders
that set out from Montreal to attack English outposts to the
south, and was intended as retaliation for a series of
devastating Iroquois raids for which the English had provided
weapons and ammunition. Isolated northern and western
settlements were the targets.
2) Late on February 8, when a scouting
party reported that no one (save a few crudely built snowmen,
fixed with hats and sticks meant to look like rifles) was
guarding the stockade at Schenectady, a decision was made to
attack at once. What was the weather conditions?
- Bitter cold
- Snow storm
- Mild winter day
3) When Schenectady was discovered to be
defenseless the raiding party decided to attack here instead.
What was the original target?
- Fort Blue (present day Utica)
- Fort Orange (present day Albany)
- Fort Oneida (present day Oneida)
4) In the bloody midnight massacre which
followed, houses and barns were torched and men, women and
children were slaughtered. Many were in night clothing and had
no time to arm themselves. How many buildings were destroyed?
5) The 60 dead included 38 men and 10
women.. How many children died in the attack?
- 3 children
- 12 children
- 24 children
6) How many prisoners were taken?
- 17 people
- 27 people
- 47 people
7) John A. Glen, son of the founder of
Scotia across the river from Schenectady, had shown previous
kindness to the French. The Schenectady prisoners were taken
to him, where he was told he could pick out his relatives as a
gratitude. Glen took as many survivors as he could without
raising suspicions, and the rest were taken prisoner to
8) One of those killed was Reynier
Schaets, along with a son. Reynier Schaets was a son of Gideon
Schaets, dominie of the Dutch Reformed Church at Albany.
Reynier had been appointed Justice at Schenectady by Governor
Leisler on December 28, 1689. What was Reynier's occupation?
9) Schenectady was first settled when
the area was part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. What
was the year?
10) When was Schenectady charted as a