Canada 2017 travel blog

Fort Beausejour overlooking the Bay of Fundy

Looking into the fort from the ramparts

I had to go to just one more fort today because it was important in the story of the Acadian deportations. Fort Beauséjour was built by the French in 1751 but it was attacked & captured by the British in 1755 & renamed Fort Cumberland.

It was because the Acadians fought on the French side in this engagement that led to the British expulsion all the Acadians from Nova Scotia so what happened at Grand Pre later in 1755 was a direct result of this battle. The Acadians said the French forced them to fight but the British didn’t believe that & I’ve read there were more Acadians than French soldiers defending the fort which makes me think that maybe the British were right.

Later, in 1776 during the American Revolution, Fort Cumberland was unsuccessfully attacked by American patriots & it was manned during the War of 1812 but didn’t see any action.

Unfortunately, the Visitors Centre & Museum are closed for the season so it was a bit hard to get information on what all the ruins were about but I don’t suppose it really matters. It was still fun poking around them, trying to imagine what it used to be like.

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