Re-live the earliest days of Canada’s maritime history on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 7 PM at The Regent Theatre in Picton as the History Nights At The Regent winter lecture series concludes with a presentation on our first native–born naval commander.
In the first years of the country that became Canada, the might of the British navy safeguarded our borders. But even the British suffered defeats. In 1756, a French naval commander named Rene – Hippolyte Laforce defeated British forces in the only naval battle in history between the British and the French on the Great Lakes. Laforce so impressed his enemy they hired him to fight for them against American forces during the War of 1812. Later, he helped transport Loyalist settlers into the area, and conducted hydrographic surveys.
Hear the story of this French naval commander told by Kingston historian, David More, the author of several award-winning books on Canadian history published by Fireship Press. More is also the manager of Brigantine Inc., a Kingston charitable organization providing naval training to young people onboard its tall ship, The St. Lawrence II.
History Lives Here Inc. sponsors the History Nights At The Regent lecture series in association with The Merrill Inn and The Regent Theatre.
For ticket information, contact The Regent Theatre, 224 Main St. in Picton