More than Ramparts and Redoubts: An Introduction and Case Study from the Richelieu River Valley
Author(s): Andrew Beaupre
This paper serves as the preface to the symposium More than Ramparts & Redoubts: Forts and Families of New France. The paper is designed to offer an introduction to the symposium paper topics on current research at the fortifications of New France, and the authors own theoretical and methodological outlook on the future of ‘military archaeology’. This preamble is then followed by a case study from the excavations of Fort Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Fort Saint-Jean remains a military instillation after 347 years of near constant occupation, yet it has served as far more than an expression of military might. During the French regime (1666-1759), the fort functioned as the center of a community, a safe haven, and a representative symbol of friendship. These disparate identities of Fort Saint-Jean then served as active facets within the larger processes of regional settlement and nation state creation.
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More than Ramparts and Redoubts: An Introduction and Case Study from the Richelieu River Valley. Andrew Beaupre. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436769)
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