1744 – WAR between France and England declared. The French in Cape Breton knew about the declaration of war before the English in Nova Scotia and were able to capture the English fort at Canseau with the aid of Natives.At the same time 300 Natives led by a French Priest took up arms against Annapolis. The priest attempted to trick the Governor into surrender on threat of reinforcements from Louisburg – to no avail. These Natives departed the scene, but shortly afterwards the French troops that had taken Canseau moved on Annapolis. With the arrival of these forces, the Native force returned to assist the French against the fort.
The French Commander, DuVivier attempted in vain to take the fort for four weeks before English reinforcements, consisting of four companies of soldiers from Massachusetts arrived. Du Vivier offered a large reward to every Native that stormed the ramparts, however they didn’t respond to this prodding – and the battle ended with the French sailing away.Not confident that the French wouldn’t try again, the Fort’s women and children were sent to Boston.