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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Some inspiration from my history books and other blogs.

One of the blogs I follow, Wars of the League of Ausburg has a scenario entitled Pour le bouche du mon Cannons. This is the New England Army's attempt to capture Quebec in 1690.

This followed up from their initial success on capturing Port Royal, Acadie. I did most of my undergraduate degree study on the sieges at Port Royal/Annapolis Royal in the late 17th and mid 18th century.

This post will follow my attempts to refight this era of warfare, which my son will enjoy as we need to use his Pike and Shot figures to recreate the New England Army.
 I was able to post a video of the New England assualt on Quebec 1690 on my youtube channel japanesehighlander
The Château Saint-Louis and its fort at Quebec in 1683
The Château Saint-Louis and its fort at Quebec in 1683
The walls of the fort on Cap-Diamant were built from 1636 and stood until torn down in 1693. This contemporary print shows the first Château Saint-Louis in 1683. It was built in 1647 and demolished in 1694 to build a larger one. The second Château was where, in 1690, Sir William Phips’ messenger delivered his summons to surrender and received Count Frontenac’s celebrated answer that he would respond with his cannon’s muzzles. During the 1690 siege, the fort acted as the citadel of Quebec’s fortifications. The houses on the right side border the narrow way (now Petit-Champlain street) down to the Lower Town. Print after Jean-Baptiste Franquelin. (cmhg.gc.ca)
Officer of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of Canada
Officer of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of Canada
Although officers of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of Canada were not required to wear any specific uniform, during the 1690s many wore the same colours as their soldiers at the time, namely grey-white and blue. The sword and spontoon, or half-pike, were regulation armaments. Reconstruction by Michel Pétard. (cmhg.gc.ca) Amerindian warriors, first half of the 18th century
Amerindian warriors, first half of the 18th century
These Amerindian warriors show some of the variations of appearance to be seen in the first half of the 18th century. Despite their adoption of many European weapons and articles of clothing, the first nations preserved a resolutely Amerindian look by integrating all this with their tattoos and body paint. The central figure is a chief. Reconstruction by David Rickman.
Massachusetts troops, around 1690
Massachusetts troops, around 1690
This reconstruction shows some of the defenders of the English colony of Massachusetts, circa 1690. On the left is a militiaman; at left centre, an ensign is carrying a company flag of the Boston Regiment; in the middle stands an officer with sword and spontoon; at right, a cavalryman is wearing a cuirass and helmet. Reconstruction by David Rickman.

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