In a former paper on the ‘Antiquities of ‘Lakes Deschenes’ there was a finding of a cache of bullets, some years ago, by Joseph LeClair of Aylmer, at Pointe a la Batallle, otherwise known as Lapottle’s Point, at the junction of the lake shore with the eastern limit of Constance Bay.
Sand Bay, at the outlet of Constance Creek, in the township of Torbolton, Carleton Co., Ont., is a deep indentation of the southern shore line of the Ottawa, extending inland about a mile. The entrance, or river front of the bay, is terminated on the west by Big Sand Point, and on the east by Pointe a la Bataille, the two points being about a mile apart. The latter is now shown on the maps as Lapotties Point, a name of recent origin and doubtless conferred upon it by some ox-witted yokel, who thought it should bear the name of its latest occupant, rather than that which probably commemorated some tragic incident of a bygone age. The French Canadian river-men.
The bullets are said to have been large and suited for a 12-bore gun. They took away several hundred of them, but left many more washing about in the sand.1 . “On the 24th of May. 1897, Aldos and David Pariseau discovered a cache of bullets at Flat Rock, near Wilson’s Bluff, and just above the summer residence of Mr. A. H. Taylor, in the township of South March, Ont.
They were found in the sand, in a few inches of water quite close to the shore, and 800 were taken from the cache, together with an Indian pipe with the head of some animal moulded or carved on the bowl. These bullets are what are known as the “trade bullets” supplied to Natives of the Northwest by the Hudson’s Bay Company. They are about the size used for a 16-bore gun.”.
The First Nations people were essential to the fur trade, because they were the trappers. First Nations middlemen collected furs from the interior, and brought them to the forts on Hudson’s Bay to trade them for rifles, ammunition, pots, cloth, needles, axes, knives, muskets, and glass beads.