Between the early 1600s and 1713, the French constructed various fortifications to protect the harbor of Plaisance. They started construction on their most recent fort, Fort Royal, in 1693 and completed it in 1703. This fort was a bastioned fort; bastioned forts were considered an improvement on medieval fortifications and castles as it provided the attackers with less surface area to attack, while allowing the defenders to have a greater coverage area when firing weapons. Plus, it could handle the weight of cannons set up on the ramparts.
Fort Royal, on top of Castle Hill, was never captured and after the fort was ceded in 1713. The English occupied it until 1811 when they abandoned it to support their troops in St. John’s.
Once we were satiated, we drove around the community and walked along the boardwalk next to the beach. Overall, we really liked the Placentia area and thought that it was very picturesque, surrounded by water and green forest-covered hills on all sides.
Next weekend, we will be continuing our journey into French history during our weekend in France! Technically true, however we’re just visiting Saint Pierre et Miquelon, French islands that are 25 km off the coast of Newfoundland.
Here are some more pictures of Placentia (and waterskiing at Ocean Pond):