Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Siege of Fort Beauséjour

The fort was located on the Isthmus of Chignecto, a neck of land connecting present-day New Brunswick with Nova Scotia, Canada.
British Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monckton staged out of nearby Fort Lawrence, Nova Scotia began the s
iege in early June, 1755, with the goal of opening the Isthmus of Chignecto to British control. 

Control of the isthmus was crucial to the French because it was the only gateway between Quebec and Louisbourg during the winter months. 
After approximately two weeks of siege, Louis Du Pont Duchambon de Vergor, the French fort's commander, capitulated on June 16, 1755. 

Camp of the British 43rd Regiment during the siege of Fort Beauséjour
Fort Beauséjour today

This marked the end of Father Le Loutre's War and the opening of a British offensive in the Acadia/ Nova Scotia theater of the French and Indian War, which would eventually lead to the end the French Empire in North America. The battle also reshaped the settlement patterns of the Atlantic region, and laid the groundwork for the modern province of New Brunswick.

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