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34 CANADA AND HER BRITISH

mandant forthwith launched the more ambitious scheme of reducing Annapolis, a famous old fort on the Bay of Fundy. Once a well-guarded position, this place had of late been left pretty much to its own resources, and its fall would mean the submission of the whole of Acadia.

It is not necessary at present to go into de-tails ; suffice it to say that Annapolis, though in a more or less dilapidated condition, showed promptness and courage in its defence, and after a desultory siege of six weeks the attacking party suddenly took to their ships and disappeared. The attempt, however, with the seizure of Canso, was mourned by the candid and peaceable correspondent, "A Habitant of Louisbourg," as a dire want of judgment from the beginning; and his sensible remark that " Perhaps the English would have let us alone if we had not first insulted them," is undoubtedly correct.

News of the unprovoked attack at Canso was naturally carried to Boston by the dislodged and injured fishermen, and their indignant story, coupled with the trouble at Annapolis, spread anger and consternation through the colonies. The smouldering fire of resentment in which


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