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Near Louisbourg in Cape Breton Regional Municipality., Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Fortress of Louisbourg

La forteresse de Louisbourg

 
 
Fortress of Louisbourg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
1. Fortress of Louisbourg Marker
Inscription. English:
In 1713, France decided to found Louisbourg to defend her colonial and maritime interests in North America. As capital of the colony of Isle Royale and guardian the Gulf of Saint. Lawrence, it became the most important French fishing and commercial center in North America. The fortress was besieged and captured by British forces in 1745 and again in 1758. Its fortifications were demolished in 1760. In 1928, Louisbourg was designated a National Historic Site. Its reconstruction was begun in 1961 so that future generations seeing it might understand the role of the Fortress in our history.

French
La France résolut de fonder Louisbourg en 1713 pour la défense de ses intérêts en Amérique du Nord. Louisbourg devint la capitale de l'Isle Royale, la gardienne du golfe Saint-Laurent et le plus important port de pêche et de commerce de la France en Amérique du Nord. Les Anglais l'assiégèrent et s'en emparèrent en 1745 et, de nouveau, en 1758. Ils en démantelèrent les fortifications en 1760. En 1928, Louisbourg fut déclaré lieu historique national et, en 1961, on commença la reconstruction de la Forteresse afin de mettre en valeur le rôle qu'elle à joué à un moment décisif de notre histoire.
 
Erected 1976 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission
Fortress of Louisbourg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
2. Fortress of Louisbourg Marker
de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
 
Location. 45° 54.576′ N, 59° 59.053′ W. Marker is near Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Regional Municipality.. Marker can be reached from Kennington Cove Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 Kennington Cove Road, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lobster Fishery (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Fizel House (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Marie Marguerite Rose (approx. 2 kilometers away); Slavery / Freedom (approx. 2 kilometers away); 19th-Century Lighthouse (approx. 2 kilometers away); First Lighthouse Tower (approx. 2 kilometers away); French Garrison at Louisbourg (approx. 2 kilometers away); First Lighthouse (approx. 2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisbourg.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the shuttle bus stop of the Fortress Louisbourg Visitors Centre.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fortress Louisbourg - Wikipedia. The original settlement was made in 1713, and initially called Havre à l'Anglois. Subsequently, the fishing port grew to become a major commercial port and a strongly defended fortress.
Diorama of Fortress of Louisbourg image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
3. Diorama of Fortress of Louisbourg
The fortifications eventually surrounded the town. The walls were constructed mainly between 1720 and 1740. By the mid-1740s Louisbourg was one of the most extensive (and expensive) European fortifications constructed in North America.
(Submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Experience Fortress Louisbourg. Thanks to their efforts and the work of Parks Canada and the Fortress Louisbourg Association, you can now experience life in Louisbourg during its heyday. There are more than a dozen buildings open to the public including three authentic working 18th century restaurants. During the summer months hundreds of re-enactors or “animators” of all ages, from wealthy merchants to poor soldiers, populate the streets of the restored fortress working, playing, and living life as they would have in 1744. (Submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, French and Indian
 
Dauphin Gate entrance to Fortress of Louisbourg image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
4. Dauphin Gate entrance to Fortress of Louisbourg
Dauphin Demi-Bastion image. Click for full size.
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5. Dauphin Demi-Bastion
Dauphin Demi-Bastion image. Click for full size.
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6. Dauphin Demi-Bastion
Fortress of Louisbourg image. Click for full size.
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7. Fortress of Louisbourg
King's Bastion on the background.
King's Storehouse (water-front street) image. Click for full size.
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8. King's Storehouse (water-front street)
Fortress of Louisbourg (main street) image. Click for full size.
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9. Fortress of Louisbourg (main street)
Grandchamp House image. Click for full size.
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10. Grandchamp House
Frédéic Gate image. Click for full size.
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11. Frédéic Gate
Fortress of Louisbourg image. Click for full size.
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12. Fortress of Louisbourg
Icehouse on left.
King's Bastion Barracks from the King's Bastion Rampart image. Click for full size.
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13. King's Bastion Barracks from the King's Bastion Rampart
Governor's Apartments and Military Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
14. Governor's Apartments and Military Chapel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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