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Soldier of the régiment suisse de Karrer, around 1725

Caption: Soldier of the régiment suisse de Karrer, around 1725

The Swiss and Irish troops in French service generally wore red uniforms. When the régiment suisse de Karrer was raised for service in the French colonies by the Ministère de la Marine in 1719, it followed this tradition. This is the uniform worn by the unit when it was first posted to Louisbourg in 1722. Reconstruction by Michel Pétard.