Sydney in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres
A distinguished military engineer, of Huguenot descent, Desbarres served in the British Army in North America during the Seven Years’ War, and participated in the capture of Louisbourg in 1758 and of Quebec in 1759. From 1763 to 1773 he was employed by the British Government to survey and chart the coasts of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, and as a result earned great fame as a marine surveyor, second perhaps only to Captain Cook. He was the first Lieutenant Governor of Cape Breton, 1784-87, the founder of Sydney, and Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, 1804-12. He died in Halifax at the age of 102.
Ingénieur militaire, d'ascendance huguenot, il se distingua dans l'Armée britannique durant la guerre de Sept Ans en Amérique du Nord, à la prise de Louisbourg en 1758 et a celle de Québec en 1759. Chargé par le Gouvernement britannique de faire les levés des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du l’île-du-Cap-Breton, il s’y illustra de 1763 à 1773 ne le cédant, peut-être, en topographe maritime, qu’au capitaine Cook. Premier lieutenant-gouverneur du Cap-Breton, de 1784 à 1787,
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 46° 8.56′ N, 60° 11.942′ W. Marker is in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Marker is on Esplanade north of York Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is the leftmost of two markers located at the end of a short walkway on the west side of Esplanade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sir John George Bourinot (here, next to this marker); J.F.W. DesBarres (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Development of Whitney Pier / L'essor De Whitney Pier (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Atlantic Bulwark / Le Rempart de L'Atlantique (approx. 12.4 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Joseph-Frédéric Wallet Des Barres. The many fields of interest of Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres have made him a unique figure in the early history of the Maritimes, and the length and vigour of his career still elicit admiration. The long career of Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres unfolded during the pioneer period of four Maritime colonies. There can be no dispute that his greatest contribution is the Atlantic Neptune, which stands as a landmark in Canadian cartographic achievement. This large collection of charts and views served as standard guides for navigation until well into the 19th century. (Submitted on September 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.