The story behind Rue des Agniers

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

This portrait of Mohawk chief Thayendanegea, sometimes known in English as Joseph Brant (1743 – 1807) is by George Romney. Thayendanegea was a Mohawk military and political leader, based in present-day New York state, who was closely associated with Great Britain during and after the American Revolution.

Rue des Agniers is named after the First Nations people now known as Mohawks or Kanien’kehá:ka, who were called les agniers by French colonizers. The Mohawks were allies of the British Crown during the American Revolution. They are one of the five core tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose ancestors lived in the Mohawk River valley in present-day New York state.