Québec in Capitale-Nationale (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
Protecting the Upper Town
Protéger la haute-ville
The promontory on which Québec is perched offered a natural defense against attackers. But its west flank, which gave way to open countryside, was vulnerable. Enormous sums of money would be spent to protect this side of the town.
In 1690, Governor Frontenac hastily put up a front line of defence to protect the western flank from William Phip’s British soldiers who sailed from Boston. This defense work was replaced by 1693, by a more elaborate fortification designed to withstand artillery fire.
The new fortification proved ineffective because it did not follow the uneven slope of the land. It was thus modified in 1712. The Dauphine Redoubt, located in Artillery Park, is one of the surviving parts of this new line of defence.
Bien que le promontoire sur lequel repose Québec offre une protection naturelle contre les assaillants, la faiblesse en était le côté ouest, ouvert sur la campagne. D’énormes sommes seront investies pour protéger adéquatement ce côté de la ville.
Une première ligne de défense y est élevée à la hâte en 1690 par le gouverneur Frontenac
Cette deuxième fortification, pue efficace car mal adaptée au relief inégal, est modifiée en 1712. La redoute Dauphine, située dans Parc de l’Artillerie, est l’un des éléments conservés de cette nouvelle ligne de défense.
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
Location. 46° 48.859′ N, 71° 12.769′ W. Marker is in Québec, Quebec, in Capitale-Nationale (region). Marker is on Rue Mcmahon just from Rue d'Auteuil, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Québec, Quebec G1R 4H5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artillery Park: The Barracks Sector (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Roots in Old Québec (within shouting distance of this marker); The Artillery Park (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Premier Hôpital au Canada (about 150 meters away); Site du palais de l'intendant / Intendant's Palace Site (about 150 meters away); Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (about 180 meters away); Chemin Royal (about 180 meters away); Michel Boisvert, SJ (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Québec.
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