Monday, February 2, 2009

Plains of Abraham Debate: Perception or Reality. Does It Matter?

The French press continues it's fascination with the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in view of the scheduled re-enactment next year. It is a common perception by most Francophones that the battle was the tipping point that lost New France to the English. While most historians object to this interpretation, it continues to remain a popular concept amongst nationalists. An article in La Presse, written by Philippe Navarro, paints a different picture and dispels the current myth.
Notwithstanding articles such as these, there is little chance that the urban myth surrounding the battle will be discarded. The idea of the conquest of the French by the English is just too good a story to pass up.
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