Fortress Louisbourg was designated a National Historic Site of Canada by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC). Named the largest reconstructed eighteenth-century French fortified town in North America (and maybe the world), between 1713 and 1758 it was a place of profound significance in the great French-British struggle for empire. Fort Anne at Annapolis Royal was also been designated by the HSMBC on this date as a National Historic Site (fortified since 1629). It was the first (and oldest) site acquired by the federal government for national historic purposes that has subsequently remained under Parks Canada administration. The British withdrew the garrison from Annapolis Royal in 1854. (Photo: Fortress Louisbourg. From Louisburg: A Living History Colourguide, Susan Young de Biagi).