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Interior view of the Navy warehouses, around the mid­eighteenth century

Type: Image

This mid-18th century Spanish print gives an impression of the sort of storehouses that were necessary to support the building of warships, such as took place at Quebec between 1739 and 1759. Similar facilities would have existed at Louisbourg to supply the needs of French warships stationed there. (Museo Naval, Madrid)

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Engineering and Naval Construction

Type: Document

Thanks to its supplies of wood and iron ore, Canada was the site of a shipyard building ships for the French Navy from 1739. A series of warships and transports were built. This site of a major shipyard in a colony was most unusual for the period.

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A New Way of War

Type: Document

Expeditions could perform long-distance raids into enemy territory, travelling light and using canoes or sleds and snowshoes according to the season. The commanders of such parties had to be diplomats, since the Amerindians involved were allies and could not be commanded.

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The Cooking Pot

Type: Document

Soldiers of the Troupes de la Marine were divided into groups of seven for meals. Each 'plat' would have its own iron cooking pot and ladle. Food would be eaten out of the common pot.

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A Very Mixed Organization

Type: Document

Before 1854, the British army was governed by a complex series of overlapping bodies. Horse Guards (army headquarters) controlled most troops, but the civil Treasury ministry handled supplies, transportation and (in Canada) barracks through the Commissariat Department.

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Canadian Voyageurs

Type: Document

An essential part of the Canadian tactical system was the 'voyageur' - a type of militiaman responsible for transporting goods rather than fighting. Canoes carried supplies for hundreds of men during journeys of up to several months.

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The Board of Ordnance - a Separate Fiefdom

Type: Document

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Board of Ordnance was a separate government department. It supplied weapons and ammunition to the army and Royal Navy, and built fortifications and all other military buildings. It was also responsible for the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers.

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Lodging with the Habitants

Type: Document

Many soldiers lived with (or were 'billeted' upon) private families in New France. Unlike in France itself, this imposition was not greatly resented because workers were scarce in the colony.

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