. Louisbourg, 1745–1746

Douglas Edward Leach

in Roots of Conflict

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780807842584
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469603988
. Louisbourg, 1745–1746

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This chapter discusses the period when France entered the War of the 1740s as an ally of Spain. French and Indian raiding parties again threatened the exposed northern frontier of New England, while French privateers prowled off the coast looking for New England fishing vessels and merchantmen. The base for such privateers was the harbor at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, 600 miles northeast of Boston, which had long been a base for French fishermen working on the Grand Banks. Gradually, too, an enterprising community of artisans, merchants, and traders had grown up at Louisbourg, turning the place into a small but thriving seaport where English as well as French vessels came to exchange wares.

Keywords: War of the 1740s; France; Spain; New England; raiding parties; Louisbourg; French privateers; trading port

Chapter.  5270 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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