Fortress of Louisbourg

Fortress of Louisbourg (HM1IVL)

Location: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2 Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Country: Canada
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N 45° 54.576', W 59° 59.053'

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La forteresse de Louisbourg


In 1713, France decided to found Louisbourg to defend her colonial and maritime interests in North America. As capital of the colony of Isle Royale and guardian the Gulf of Saint. Lawrence, it became the most important French fishing and commercial center in North America. The fortress was besieged and captured by British forces in 1745 and again in 1758. Its fortifications were demolished in 1760. In 1928, Louisbourg was designated a National Historic Site. Its reconstruction was begun in 1961 so that future generations seeing it might understand the role of the Fortress in our history.


La France résolut de fonder Louisbourg en 1713 pour la défense de ses intérêts en Amérique du Nord. Louisbourg devint la capitale de l'Isle Royale, la gardienne du golfe Saint-Laurent et le plus important port de pêche et de commerce de la France en Amérique du Nord. Les Anglais l'assiégèrent et s'en emparèrent en 1745 et, de nouveau, en 1758. Ils en démantelèrent les fortifications en 1760. En 1928, Louisbourg fut déclaré lieu historique national et, en 1961, on commença la reconstruction de la Forteresse afin de mettre en valeur le rôle qu'elle à joué à un moment décisif de notre histoire.
Year Placed1976
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada
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Date Added Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)21T E 268552 N 5088334
Decimal Degrees45.90960000, -59.98421667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 54.576', W 59° 59.053'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 54' 34.56" N, 59° 59' 3.18" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 74 Kennington Cove Rd, Louisbourg Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, CA
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