Louisbourg: 18th Century Town

A.J.B. Johnston

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ISBN: 9780921054887

Louisbourg: 18th Century Town

  Author:   A.J.B. Johnston    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

Louisbourg: An 18th-Century Town is an in-depth look at what was once a well-known settlement in the New World. As a seaport, Louisbourg possessed one of the busiest harbours in North America. As a fortress, it generated hope in French hearts and fear in British ones. As a community, it was home to thousands of men, women, and children: fishermen and soldiers, merchants and artisans, servants and seamstresses. Voltaire called the colony “the key” to French possessions in North America. Benjamin Franklin described it as a “tough nut to crack.” In the end, British prime minister William Pitt insisted that it be destroyed. Pitt got his wish, yet 200 years later, 18th-century Louisbourg rose again, this time as one of the world’s great outdoor museums.

This well-crafted book, written by historians of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and teachers of the Cape Breton District School Board, is an entertaining and informative portrait of this 18th-century town. Its well-illustrated pages provide young readers with material on everything from astronomy and gardening to fashions and siege warfare. It offers a rare opportunity to savour what life was really like in a French military town on Cape Breton Island two centuries ago.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title:9780921054887
Item NB0607
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published onJanuary 4 2004
Language eng
Pages 152
Format Paperback
Dimensions10(in) x 8(in)
Shipping weight200(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE

A.J.B. (John) Johnston is the author or co-author of thirteen books on different aspects of the history of Atlantic Canada and over 100 articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. The Canadian Historical Association awarded a Clio prize to his Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg’s Last Decade. John was made a chevalier of France’s Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of his many publications on the history of the French in Atlantic Canada. His first novel, Thomas, A Secret Life, was published in 2012. He lives in Halifax with his wife Mary. For more information, please go to www.ajbjohnston.com.