from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town of Nova Scotia, Canada, on eastern Cape Breton Island. It is near the site of the fortress of Louisbourg, built c. 1712-1740 by the French to guard the entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In 1758 the fort fell to a British land and sea attack, which reduced it to rubble. A national historical park here includes reconstructed portions of the complex.


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  • [Footnote: The first draft of Shirley's instructions for taking Louisbourg is in the large manuscript volume entitled _Siege of Louisbourg_, in the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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  • As a historical site Louisbourg is a triumphalist construction.

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  • He had successfully negotiated with the southern Indians, lived in England for a few years, and had a good record as a volunteer in the Louisbourg campaign.11

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  • Loudoun was at Halifax, Nova Scotia, starting his main project for the year, a campaign against Louisbourg, the fortified port on Cape Breton Island.

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  • July, 27: French surrender Louisbourg to British under Amherst

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  • Major General Jeffrey Amherst was to attack Louisbourg, and Colonel John Forbes of the 17th Foot, promoted to brigadier, would lead an expedition against Fort Duquesne.

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  • Louisbourg fell to the Anglos on July 27, and the eastern Delawares declared war on the French.56

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  • For example, during the tourist season, the fortress at Louisbourg does daily re-enactments of life as it was when the place belonged to the French.

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  • Howe also participated in the campaigns to take Louisbourg, Belle Île and Havana.


  • The first Canadian lighthouse was built at the entrance of the harbour of the Fortress of Louisbourg between 1731 and 1734.

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