DSC02368 - Frederic Gate
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Through this ornate arch (Frederic Gate) that dominates your view down the Rue Toulouse came most of the people, news and merchandise of the colony. Orders from the king arrived here - the gate's name honours the royal minister who managed France's colonies and navy. So important an entrance naturally reflected Bourbon majesty in its proud bulk and careful proportions. Construction of the gate in 1742 completed Louisbourg's circle of fortifications on the eve of war.
Most large ships anchored offshore. The crews launched boats and then pushed and carried their cargo over the wharf and through the narrow gateway. The sailors who landed here represented a score of ports. On a busy sum mer's day you might have heard them speaking French, English, Portuguese, Basque and Breton, joined by the German of the Swiss troops and the Mi"kmaw of the native people. Business houses, inns and taverns made the quay a gathering place for townspeople as well as mariners. Idling or going about your business here, you would see public announcements, auctions and even punishment of criminals.