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    Fort Anne - Annapolis Royal

    by Redlats Updated Dec 11, 2004

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    The powder magazine @ Fort Anne

    After the first Port Royal got destroyed by the British in 1613, the French decided that the original location of Port Royal was not defensible, and built a new Port Royal in Annapolis Royal in the 1630's. In 1702 the French began construction of the earthworks -- the way it looks now. Port Royal fell to the English in 1710 and changed name to Annapolis Royal, and the fort became Fort Anne in the 1800's.

    A tour of Fort Anne consists of visiting the interpretive centre in the main building and walking around the site (very few buildings remain). There is a tapestry (the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry) that is many panes long and has been completed by locals and the odd special visitor (Queen Elizabeth II who added some stitching of Queen Anne, her grandmother? on a visit one year).

    We spent a couple of hours at the site. I liked wandering around the grounds and checking out access to the sea.

    Cost in 2004 was $3.50 Cdn per adult or a Historic parks pass.

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    Port-Royal - The Habitation

    by Redlats Updated Dec 8, 2004

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    Reconstructed 1605 Habitant

    Historically, this is the first fort in the area. In 1605, Champlain built The Habitation after losing almost half of his men the previous winter on St. Croix Island.

    After having seen Fort Louisbourg earlier in this trip, we were amazed how small this structure was. The fort is a bunch of buildings built in a square with a green space in the centre. The various interconnected buildings had room for the governor's and officers' residence on one side, the solders' quarters and kitchen, etc. on another side, storage and other buildings.

    The building was protected by a wooden palisade and a platform for cannons, but it was not very good for defending. Just 7 or 8 years later, English forces from Virginia burned and destroyed the fort.

    The Habitant was rebuilt according to the original plan near the original site, although there is no way to confirm this. It is believed that the land the fort was built on may have slid into the sea in the 400 years since the original fort was built as there is erosion of the shores.

    We found the history lesson interesting. In school, I remember learning the history of Champlain and the "Order of Good Cheer", but I do not remember learning that the English destroyed the fort within ten years of its creation. If you are interested in seeing more photos of the inside of the fort, check out Simonneeddy's travelogue

    Admission in 2004 was $3.50 per adult, or a Historic Parks pass.

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