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Fort Chambly is a historic fort in La Vallée-du-Richelieu Regional County Municipality, Quebec. at the foot of the Chambly rapids on the Richelieu River in Quebec. The fort was built in order to protect travellers on the river from the Iroquois. The region is informally known as la Vallée-des-Forts

The fort was burned down by the Indians in 1702, and was rebuilt by the French and completed in 1711.

The Great Peace of Montreal in 1701, the war between the French and Iroquois was over. Also at this time the War of the Spanish Succession broke out, and boiled over into the colonies of France and England. Thus, to defend against a more powerful European attack, including the threat of cannons, Governor Philippe de Rigaud Vaudreuil ordered that the fort be rebuilt in stone in 1709. and major improvements carried out on the fort between 1718 and 1720, for increase the fort's defenses.

Fort Chambly lost most of its defensive raison d'etre and so was converted into a warehouse and rally-point for soldiers, although the fort was never abandoned. With the Seven Years War, Fort Chambly was re-fortified and reoccupied, although it failed to stop the British from approaching Montreal and Quebec.

The substantial stone structure which still stands today was lost to the British in 1760 in The Conquest of New France, also known as the French and Indian War.

In 1882 a citizen of Chambly, Joseph-Octave Dion, personally repaired and restored the site. In the 20th century the Canadian government recognized Fort Chambly's cultural and historical worth and undertook its maintenance. Between 1965 and 1985 extensive archaeological digs were carried out, and today a fully reconstructed version of the final phase of Fort Chambly (1718–1720) is maintained by Parks Canada and is open to the public as Fort Chambly National Historic Site of Canada.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Chambly

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  • Copyright: Anna Ho (imageme) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 0 N: 328] (1625)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-11-16
  • Categories: Castles
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-17 7:18
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