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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada
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THE FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG
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For research projects, whether in school or in university, here are a range of topics selected from the publication Louisbourg, An 18th Century Town (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1991).
The authors from the Fortress were: A.J.B. Johnston / Kenneth Donovan / B.A. Balcom / Alex Storm.
The committee of Grade VI specialists who worked with Fortress staff were: Paul Black / Annette Currie / Margaret Dicks / Cathy Lawrence / Ken MacDonald / Sharon MacLeod / Nancy Nicol / Charles MacMaster / André MacMullin / Gary MacNeil.
Louisbourg: An 18th-Century Town offers an in-depth look at what was once a well-known settlement in the New World. As a seaport, Louisbourg possessed one of the busiest harbours in North America. As a fortress, it generated hope in French hearts and fear in British ones. As a community, it was home to thousands of men, women, and children: fishermen and soldiers, merchants and artisans, servants and seamstresses. Voltaire called the colony the key to French possessions in North America. Benjamin Franklin described it as a tough nut to crack . In the end, British prime minister William Pitt insisted that it be destroyed. Pitt got his wish, yet 200 years later, 18th-century Louisbourg rose again, as one of the worlds great outdoor museums.
Although its life was short, Louisbourg had a rich and complex history. We have organized its history in three thematic sections: The Fortress, The Seaport and The Community. Each section, in turn, contains short chapters on selected topics. Prepared in co-operation with teachers form the Cape Breton District School Board, Louisbourg: An 18th-Century Town offers the reader an educational text that entertains. You will find material on everything from astronomy to gardening, from fashions to siege warfare. So settle back and discover the world of 18th-century Louisbourg.
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