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The military history of Placentia: R64-81/1979-26E-PDF

a study of the French fortifications ; Placentia, 1713-1811 /

"The purpose of [the first] report is to present the results of a detailed study of the system of fortifications set up by the French at Placentia between 1662 and 1714. The four parts of the study correspond to the four periods of the history of Placentia. The first period, from 1662 to 1670, is that of the difficult beginnings of the colony: during these eight or so years the fortifications were very rudimentary. Between 1670 and 1690 the post made considerable progress under the governorships of La Poippe and Paret: this is the second period and hence the subject of the second part ofthe present study. Then there is the period from 1690 to 1703, the Golden Age of Placentia, during which the colony developed in every way; and there was an increase in the number of fortifications, which were reinforced, especially on account of the war between France and England. The last part of the study covers the period between 1703 and 1713, the last years of French colonization in Newfoundland. Each of these parts is introduced by a short historical account of the period concerned." The purpose of the second monograph "is to recount the history of Placentia and its fortifications from 1713 until the withdrawal of the British troops in 1811. From the economic point of view, the study shows the continuous and increasing stranglehold of the residents of Placentia over the local fishing during this period. From the military point of view, the study establishes, in particular, the interaction which existed between the military action in Placentia and the European political situation. This activity is relatively important up until the Treaty of Paris in 1763. However, from that date onwards, the military history of Placentia is nothing but an account of the fortifications falling in ruins until the withdrawal of the garrison in1811"--Abstract, p. 5 and p. 116.

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Title The military history of Placentia
Subtitle a study of the French fortifications ; Placentia, 1713-1811 /
Series Title History and archaeology ;
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Format Electronic
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Note "Translated by the Department of the Secretary of State"--p. 3. Historical publication digitized 2016 from print [for Parks Canada]
Date 1979.
Number of Pages 193 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • R64-81/1979-26E-PDF
Departmental Catalogue Number QS-7091-001-EE-A1
Subject Terms Military architecture, Archaeological investigations