JCB Archive of Early American Images
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En762 I36v (copy 2)
A View of Louisburg in North America, taken near the Light House when that City was besieged in 1758. Vue de Louisburg, dans L'Amerique Septentrionale, prise du fanal durant le dernier Siege en 1758.
Captain Charles Ince
Creator 1 role:
Drawn on the Spot
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Place image published:
Thos. Jefferys, at Charing Cross
1762 Novr. 11
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View of the siege of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. Built environment includes fortifications, dwellings, churches, ships, and lighthouse. In the foreground men carry bundles of wood and pull a cannon while others look through telescopes. Items in the image are numbered for identification at the bottom of the image.
Scenographia Americana: or, A collection of views in North America and the West Indies ... from drawings taken on the spot ...
Source place of publication:
Printed by John Bowles ...
The fortress at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island (called by the French, Isle Royale), a vital commercial center for the French in North America, was captured by a New England force in 1745. It was returned to the French by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748, only to be recaptured by the British in 1758 during the French and Indian War. Brig. James Wolf captured Light House Point for the British on June 19, 1758. The British destroyed the fortress two years later and with it the French foothold in North America. This image was included in Scenographia Americana, a collection of previously separately issued prints, published by John Bowles. This print is held separately.
Stokes, I.N.P. Iconography, I, p. 281 et seq.; Stokes, I.N.P. American Historical Prints, B-92
Danforth, S. Encountering the New World, Item 134
Acquired in 1910.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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Louisbourg (N.S.)--History--Seige, 1758