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Definition: French island
citadel seized in June-July 1758 by British troops under
Jeffery Amherst and James Wolfe. British troops sailed from
Halifax, Nova Scotia, under cover of darkness to Cape Breton
Island, then had to wait almost a week for heavy fog to lift
before attacking. The French defense was sturdy, but British
luck won out once again as a small band of sailors managed
to land onshore and secure a beachhead while a lucky shot
from a British ship touched off a French gunpowder store,
igniting most of the other French ships in a tremendous
fireball. Once the British were onshore, it was only a
matter of time. The battle turned into a siege, and the
French finally surrendered,more than three weeks after the
fighting began. This battle was extremely important in that
it effectively cut off French reinforcements. It also
allowed allowed the British to sail down the St. Lawrence
River to Quebec, the last real French stronghold in North
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French and Indian War
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