Louisbourg 1

The French first came to Louisbourg in 1713. Significant as the first landfall for ships from Europe it thrived and a fortress was constructed between 1720 and 1740. Falling to the British in 1745 it was later returned to French control only to fall again in 1758 when it was razed to the ground. In the 1960s an ambitious project, partly job-creation after the closure of local mines and steelworks, saw one quarter of Louisbourg rise again as an amazing National Historic Site. With its very well informed staff it made for a fascinating visit and even on a miserable day we went in on the first shuttle bus and left on the last. This gallery concentrates on the military aspects.

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