"The cliffs ? military background #2" Quebec's Military Background Tip by tiabunna

Quebec's Military Background, Quebec: 8 reviews and 18 photos

  The cliffs of Québec
by tiabunna

Favorite thing: As I noted in my introduction page, my earliest perceptions of Québec were formed by a painting of General Wolfe and his men climbing the cliffs along the St Lawrence in order to attack the French garrison. Seeing those cliffs was not just a ?to do?, for me it came in the category of ?must see?.

Somehow the scene from the top, as shown in the photo, doesn?t look quite the way it did in the painting of that night of 12 September 1759. Although in the painting (or my memories of it) the cliffs seemed steeper and higher, doubtless they are much the same as then. They probably were as heavily vegetated at that time, which would have helped hide the climbing soldiers should anyone have looked. But Wolfe would surely have had a hard time negotiating all the industrial developments now sprinkled along the foreshores!

Still, without doubt, the French commander the Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm thought the cliffs provided reasonable protection from the rear and they were not highly defended: in any case, the English were not supposed to be able to get upriver into a position where a landing near the cliffs would be possible! As I mentioned in my previous tip, Wolfe and his men had indeed passed upstream, leading the French to send part of their forces by land even further upstream in the hope of making an interception ? instead, Wolfe returned downstream to land near Québec.

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2008
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