Pointe-aux-Anglais

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Pointe-aux-Anglais

Pointe-aux-Anglais is a community in the city of Port-Cartier, Quebec, Canada, located halfway between Sept-Îles and Baie-Comeau (232 km), and some 80 kilometres (50 mi) from the town centre of Port-Cartier itself.

The "Stations of the cross" in the village church were sculpted by Médard Bourgault, an artist from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli.

History[edit]

Main article: Quebec Expedition

In 1711, a large fleet commanded by Admiral Walker was sent from England to take Quebec. However, due to fog on the St. Lawrence, the British ships ran aground on the lle-aux-Oeufs reefs. The point of land just across the reefs was thereby named Pointe-aux-Anglais, in honour of the ill-fated expedition. Eight ships went down with more than 900 men; the disaster was at the time one of the worst naval disasters in British history. It comprises the sectors of Pointe-aux-Anglais and Rivière-Pentecôte. In Pointe-aux-Anglais, the ecomuseum explains how the English failed to attack the area in 1711.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nos Racines (Canadiens history), Nos Racines (Les Éditions Transmo) 1979, p. 382-383.

Coordinates: 49°40′38″N 67°10′05″W / 49.67722°N 67.16806°W / 49.67722; -67.16806