Plan de la ville de Louisbourg avec les ouvrages d'attaque des Anglais pour sa reddition, ainsi que ceux des assiegés pr. la deffense de la place, cette presente année 1758
- Plan de la ville de Louisbourg avec les ouvrages d'attaque des Anglais pour sa reddition, ainsi que ceux des assiegés pr. la deffense de la place, cette presente année 1758
During the early 18th century, Île Royale – present-day Cape Breton Island –became the home for displaced French settlers from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. For their protection, the French constructed a massive citadel at Louisbourg. Beginning June 1, 1758, the British laid siege to the fort for six weeks. A decisive British victory at Louisbourg opened the St. Lawrence River for an attack on Quebec the next year. This pair of maps depicts the town, fortress, and island during the siege. Lartigue, a French-Canadian, prepared the maps 33 years before the first printed map was produced in Canada. Lartigue (1729-1772) served as the King's Keeper of Stores until his removal from that office in 1752. The map of the fortress shows the positions of batteries of canon and mortar within and outside the fortress, described in detail in the key. The map of the province of Isle Royale, apart from the place names, offers two "remarques" on the native inhabitants of the northern peninsula: "This part of the Isle is inhabited only by some savages, it is very wooded and filled with beautiful meadows" and again "The lines otherwise called roads highlighted in red designate the beaten paths (les chemins plaqué) of the Savages by which they travel in the Isle. This is only, properly speaking, paths traced where one man can barely pass.
- Lartigue, Pierre-Jérome, 1729-1772
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levé et dessigné sur les lieiux par le Sr. Lartigue l'ainé de l'Isle Royalle.
- Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection
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Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection
Louisbourg (N.S.)--History--Siege, 1758--Maps--Early works to 1800
United States--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763--Maps--Early works to 1800
Cape Breton Island (N.S.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
CanadaNova Scotia (province)Cape Breton Island (island)
CanadaNova Scotia (province)Louisbourg
Relief shown by gradient tints. Depths shown by soundings.
Colored manuscript map of the 1758 siege of Louisbourg showing ships, troop positions, and batteries.
Includes references to points of interest.
Oriented with north to the upper right.
Colored manuscript map of Cape Breton Island showing fortifications and batteries.
Includes a table listing troop distribution, references to points of interest, and notes.
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- 2 manuscript maps on 1 sheet : hand colored ; 33 x 43 cm. and 33 x 46 cm., on sheet 37 x 108 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:7,400]
Scale [ca. 1:600,000]
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