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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




January 1974

(Fortress of Louisbourg
Report Number H D 24)



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Though this report is primarily designed to meet proximate restoration requirements, it also provides the historical basis for the future interpretation of Block 4 and its inhabitants. Some themes could be placed in a broader context, for example the internal commerce of Louisbourg, but all the direct information that can be Placed in such perspective is contained in this report. This report incorporates all pertinent information on properties, inhabitants and structures that can be found in the Fortress Louisbourg Archives and library, except for data on fences and gardens, where the evidence, highly stylized and riddled with contradiction, defies analysis.

In the preparation of any major report the aid of colleagues is always desirable; for an historians first report at Fortress Louisbourg it is essential. I acknowledge the unstinting cooperation of my fellow researchers on the history staff, in particular Gilles Proulx, whose counsel on difficult contextual translation, on terminology and on general subject areas relating to the Block 4 study was invaluable. I also want to thank Marmon Smith, research draftsman, for his work on the Block 4 illustrations.

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