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View of the French Fort at Beau Sejour, 1755

View of the French Fort at Beau Sejour, 1755

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1755

Shelfmark: K.Top 119

Item number: 69

Length: 33.7

Width: 53.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This French Fort was built in Nova Scotia in 1751, in retaliation for the building of Fort Lawrence by the British. It was located in the 17th century French settlement of Beaubassin, previously known as Chignecto, on top of Beau Sejour Ridge. The two opposing forts were about a mile apart and clearly visible to each other. In 1755 a British force succeeded in capturing Beau Sejour and renamed it Fort Cumberland.This is a preliminary drawing sketch, upon which a later more detailed drawing is based.

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