Friday, March 29, 2013

French Tit for English Tat

Cape Breton Island
Cape Breton Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sacré bleu! 


The French were worried.


Acadia, the lands around Hudson's Bay and Newfoundland
were handed over to Britain in 1713 by the Treaty of Utrecht.


The fur trade was going strong and men like explorer
LaVerondrye, (the first European to reach the Winnipeg basin),
 
were finding it more and more difficult to avoid the British

or their Indian allies.

 
So the French built a big scary fortress called Louisburg on
what later became Cape Breton Island. 


This was happy-making for the disgruntled Acadians.
They tweeted Louisburg constantly.

They did not tweet London.

So the British unffriended them saying they were hostile and

refused to swear loyalty to the English Monarch.


The not swearing of loyalty thing REALLY irritated the Brits.

Big time.

They were so pissed off they built Halifax in 1744
just to get in the face of the French King at Louisburg.

(Not that he actually lived there.)


And that was it.

The dye was cast.

The building of Halifax it made it inevitable that the antagonists
would have a major confrontation sooner rather than later.

 
The cataclysmic last years of the 18th century

were upon them all.

 

 

 

 

 

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7 comments:

Doug Jamieson said...

A lot of history in that part of Canada.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Hahaha...love the tweeting part! I can just picture them all sending nasty messages to each other along with hostile emoticons. No LOLs with this gang.

I was bored senseless in my Canadian history class is high school, Francie. If you had taught it the way you teach it here, it would have been my favourite class!

The Episcopagan said...

Ah, thanks, Martha. I just wish I could see better. When I made typos in my class the kids were quick to point it out. On my own - even with spell check I sure do make a lot of them! sigh.

The Episcopagan said...

Point them out. See what I mean?

Fundy Blue said...

Love Louisburg, Francie! Have you ever been there? I'm am enjoying your trip through Canadian history! Have a good one!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Why do I hear the theme from "Jaws" playing while I read this post?

Pandorah's Box said...

Tweeted..haha! It seems like things never change in this world. People are always fighting each other.