Looking back through the fog to the Frederick Gate at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
After Quebec City, Louisbourg was the most important French stronghold in the New World in the early to mid 1700’s. Valued for its proximity to the abundant fishing grounds of the cold North Atlantic and its perceived military strategic advantages. Louisbourg, ironically, was twice taken by the English only to be handed back to the French in peace time. The last time, wisely but sadly, it was destroyed by the English. The restoration which began in 1961 and continues to this day with archaeological excavation and reconstruction of the fortified town and the fortress itself has given us a jewel for historians, archaeologists and tourists alike.