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Brigadier James Wolfe - Battle for a Continent - Fortress Louisbourg

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode on James Wolfe's role in the siege of Louisbourg. Wolfe was determined to avenge the French general the Marquis de Montcalm's North American victories. It was at Cormorant Cove, which the French neglected to protect, that Wolfe first tasted glory and acquired a reputation for recklessness that would grow. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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British Invasion - Battle for a Continent - Fortress Louisbourg

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode of the British attack on the Fortress of Louisbourg. On June 1, 1758, a massive British force arrived at Louisbourg, led by commander General Jeffery Amherst. To Louisbourg Governor Augustin de Drucour, it appeared that the British were intent on killing everyone and burning the town. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Leading Fleet to Canada - General James Wolfe - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

General James Wolfe returns to Canada in the spring of 1759, ready to do battle in Quebec, with a fleet of 200 ships. Wolfe, seasick, and suffering from rheumatism and tuberculosis was not cheered by what awaited him. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Division in Wolfe's Camp - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

The British bombing of Quebec lasted nine weeks, and still they could not take the city. The British camp was confused and divided. General James Wolfe could not decide where to attack and he faced growing opposition even within his own ranks. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Friction Before the War - Battle for a Continent - Fortress Louisbourg

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode on England's plan to capture Louisbourg. The French fortress that guarded the entrance to the St. Lawrence River had long been a source of friction between France and Britain. The strategic fort was located on Île Royale and was the centre of the French fishing industry, a key military post, and training base for the French navy. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Preparing for Battle - Montcalm and Wolfe - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

General Montcalm prepares for battle against the British in Quebec City. He must deal with a medical crisis, as only 400 troops, many sick and dying, come to reinforce the French. An equally forlorn and pessimistic General Wolfe will lead the British assault on Quebec. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, video clips, and a biography of General Montcalm.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Bombing Ignites the City - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

The British siege of Quebec began the night of Thursday, July 12, 1759. In that first day, three hundred British bombs fell on Quebec. Many churches were destroyed. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

William Pitt Widens the Conflict - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode focusing on the Seven Years' War. The French have successfully taken Fort William Henry, Fort Oswego, and defended Fort Carrillon. James Wolfe is appointed general by British Prime Minister William Pitt and the British attack the Fortress of Louisbourg. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Seeking More Troops from France - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

After the losses of Louisbourg, Frontenac and Duquesne, French General Louis-Joseph the Marquis de Montcalm needed fresh troops. He sent his aide-de-camp, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, as an emissary to France, pleading for 4000 soldiers to save Canada. Only one tenth of the reinforcements he had asked for were ultimately provided. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Suffering and Excess Under Siege - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

By July 1759, the British had entrenched their cannons across the river from Quebec City, and General Wolfe was preparing for his long bombardment of the urban centre. In the town itself, ordinary residents suffered starvation while Intendant Bigot lived a lavish lifestyle. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation