Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Bloody Struggle For A Continent

This image on a display panel shows naval action during the French and Indian War.

One of the artifacts here is a mortar that was part of the defenses at the French fortress at Louisbourg.

Video screens on either side of the pathway show re-enactors in British and French uniform at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

A few years after the end of the French and Indian War came the American Revolution, which had a big impact on Canada. In its wake would come English speaking Loyalists moving north to start new lives, but Canada would also be invaded by Continental forces. One of the American commanders involved in the 1775 invasion of Quebec would later become infamous in history. His name was Benedict Arnold.

A display case includes artifacts dating back to the Revolution.

One of the repeated features throughout the War Museum is profiling everyday people, not just the commanding generals. Such is the case here.

The War of 1812 would erupt decades later, with the Americans seeking to drive the British out of North America. The British and Canadians took exception to that. Among the artifacts here is a portrait of a Mohawk war chief, John Norton, and some of the weaponry typical of a First Nations warrior of the period.


  1. Interesting exhibit! We have a few modern day Benedict Arnold's, they could leave now.
    Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

  2. ...the French and Indian War and the War of 1812 are two of the many wars that I don't know enough about.

  3. Interesting exhibit! But I don't like war!

  4. There were some long ugly disputes. It was a chance to start things out in a new way but they failed.

  5. Let's hope for peace, now and in the future.

  6. I wonder how the world would react if the fighting suddenly stopped...everywhere.

  7. That mortar looks surprisingly (or maybe not, considering they are of similar age) to the mortars in front of Wren Hall on the campus of the College of William & Mary.

  8. War is not the answer! We never have too much peace.

  9. I’ve been to Louisbourg a few times. Love that place.

  10. Interesting photos. Those old weapons are scary uncomfortable to know that is how people fought back then. Adds a different perspective to war.

  11. @Agnieszka: thank you!

    @Eileen: I can understand that.

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you!

    @Tom: I know a good deal about them.

    @David: that is true.

  12. @Ella: few do.

    @Magiceye: it is.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Shammickite: I agree.

    @Sharon: it would be strange.

    @Grace: quite so.

  13. @Revrunner: a similar enough era.

    @Bill: that's true.

    @Marie: I have not seen Lousbourg.

    @RedPat: so it seems.

    @Maywyn: it does indeed.

    @Joanne: thank you!

  14. I wish we could learn to find other ways to end conflict that to kill each other.

  15. Great exhibit and photos ~ but 'War' is insanity.

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. My Canadian ancestors came north because of the war. An interesting set of exhibits.