The Plains of Abraham: Battlefield 1759-1760 (Baraka Nonfiction) (Paperback)
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The fate of North America was sealed on the Plains of Abraham. France and England, historical enemies, faced off in September 1759 Quebec. France controlled large swaths of North America in three colonies with some 80,000 people of European and mixed origin; England’s influence was limited to the much more populous Thirteen Colonies. The story of that battle began as tensions increased in early 18th-Century Europe, as France lost Acadia in 1713, followed by the deportation of the Acadians in 1755 and the siege of Louisbourg, the entry way to the Capital of New France. There was also conflict in 1753 in Ohio between English/American troops led by George Washington and Canadien and French troops, and the Jumonville Afffair in 1754. New France was of tremendous strategic interest for France. Its forces included a standing army, a militia raised among the “Canadiens,” and many allied Indigenous nations. The English had naval superiority and could count on more numerous troops raised from the Thirteen Colonies. In this beautifully illustrated album, new light is cast on that decisive battle and on the second but little known battle of 1760, and their legacy.
About the Author
Katherine Hastings has worked as a Quebec-based translator and copyeditor since 1995. She has translated two novels by Jean-Michel Fortier, The Unknown Huntsman (2016) and The Electric Baths (2020); co-translated Tatouine, a novel by Jean-Christophe Réhel (2020); and translated Montreal and the Bomb by Gilles Sabourin. Hélène Quimper is a historian and heritage curator with National Battlefields Commission. Her responsibility includes the preservation, conservation, and development of historical and heritage resources for the Battlefields Park. Her research focuses on the military history of New France, and more specifically the Seven Years' War. She has written many articles and books on the subject. Hélène Quimper lives in Quebec City.