"Plains of Abraham" Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park) Tip by Tom_Fields
Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park), Quebec: 25 reviews and 59 photos
Canada's future was decided right here in these fields. During the French and Indian War, in 1759, British General Wolfe was tasked with taking the fortified city of Quebec.
Seeing the city's heavily fortified defenses, he realized that a direct frontal assault would fail. So he came up with a novel plan. In the dead of night, he and his men boarded boats and rowed silently up the St Lawrence River to the cliffs west of the city. Then they debarked, scaled the cliffs, and attacked the city from the west.
The French general Montcalm came out to confront his foes. In the ensuing battle, on the Plains of Abraham, the British won and secured control of Quebec. Both Wolfe and Montcalm were mortally wounded in the fight. Wolfe knew that he'd won. Montcalm comforted himself with the thought that he'd rather die than see Quebec under the British flag.
The French tried to regain control of Quebec, defeating them at the Battle of Sainte-Foy. But they gave up their North American possessions at the Treaty of Paris that ended the war.
Today, one can walk this old battlefield, which is now a park. If not for the historical markers, one could easily forget the carnage that took place here.
Directions: West of the Citadel, along the St Lawrence River.
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