Significant Historical Happenings By Year: 1691-93.
§The witch trials at Salem, Massachusetts.
§From December, 1691, through to May 1692, Baptiste, the Acadian privateer, had taken eight English ships off the coast of America.
§Port Royal has became a free port, during these times she was full of intrigue, with; both the French and the English coming and going; both learning the secrets of the other.
§February, 1692: The French and their native allies make winter attacks on the outlying New England settlements.
§An army of 30,000 French and rebellious Irish troops are quartered in Normandy readying themselves to cross the channel and invade England.
§Off the coast of France the Anglo-Dutch fleet engages the French fleet: the Battle of Barfleur ensues (La Hogue) and the French fleet is scattered. William's English throne is saved, and, from that moment on, France "ceased to exist as a great naval power; for though her fleet was soon recruited to its former strength, the confidence of her sailors was lost ..." (Green, vol. IX, p. 74.)
§November 29, 1692: Villebon comes up the coast from Mount Desert to winter at Beaubassin.
§Lieutenant Costebelle is posted to Placentia; he was shipped wrecked enroute.
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