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"Visit Fort Louisburg in the..." Cape Breton Tip by margaretvn

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Visit Fort Louisburg in the north of Nova Scotia.
In 1713 under the treaty of Utrecht the French gave its Arcadian colonies to England, they only kept “île Royale” or Cape Breton Island. This was really in a difficult position between the British colonies of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. So to protect their North American colonies against invasion and to keep the Gulf of the St. Lawrence free the French built a fort. In was started in 1719 and was known as Louisbourg. This windy and misty fort played a very important role in the French speaking Canada for many years. When the fort was nearly finished it was of course a thorn in the English peoples eye. In 1745 the English with the help of the troops from New England captured the fort. Three years later under the Peace treaty of Aken the fort was once again given to the French, but was again taken by the English in 1758. The English feared a takeover by the French and decided to destroy the fort. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that historians, archaeologists and many volunteers started to restore the fort to its old glory. Since then a quarter of the original fort has been restored in one of Canada’s biggest historical restoration projects. The houses, gardens, squares and depots show the character of the fort in the 18th century. The carefully reconstructed area gives a very good idea of the former prestige and commercial power of the fort.
In the “Maison Duhaget” a film about the troops “ Compagnies Franches de la Marine” is shown. The position of Louisbourg as capitol of the île Royale is explained in the “Maison de la Plagne”.
You can eat in the “Hotel de la Marine” a former inn. Here the waitresses, dressed in period costume, serve the traditional dishes of the 18th century. The table manners are also 18th century – you get a spoon but share bread and knife with your table partner.
You could choose to have a cup of chocolate and a cake in the “ Maison Destouches” as we did.

Directions: Fort Louisbourg
On highway 22 (2 kilometres from Louisbourg)

othercontact: Tel (902) 733 22 80
Open july/au

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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