This title provides a detailed examination of the defenses of the three largest fortified cities in Canada - Quebec, Montreal and Louisbourg - and also covers New Orleans in America. Quebec City is the best known and most impressive of the sites covered, and was the strongest of the fortresses of New France: besieged twice by the British (1690 and 1759) and once by the French (1760), it was captured in 1759 by General James Wolfe. Montreal was also strongly fortified and its strategic location ensured its prominence in the fur trade early on. Fortress Louisbourg was built as a large fortified naval station between 1720 and 1743 and saw significant combat action.
Rene Chartrand was born in Montreal. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including some 20 Osprey titles and the first two volumes of 'Canadian Military Heritage'. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. Donato Spedaliere was born in 1967 in Lausanne. Having studied at the Instituto Nazionale di Belle Arti in Florence he served in the Italian Army as a paratrooper. He is the chief illustrator of Alina Illustrazioni, the company he founded in 1998 with his wife Sarah Sulemsohn. They have created illustrations for books, museums and magazines throughout Europe.
Introduction: a network of fortresses; Louisbourg; Quebec; Montreal; New Orleans; The fall of the fortresses; Their ultimate fate; Bibliography and Further Reading; Glossary; Index