National Geographic : 1970 Jul
City extraordinaire H ISTORY imparts a rich flavor to Quebec City, capital of Canada's La Belle Province. Here White Mist moored beneath the clifftop Plains of Abraham, where British troops led by Gen. James Wolfe vanquished the city's French defenders in 1759. The epochal clash, in which both Wolfe and the French Marquis de Montcalm fell fa tally wounded, made the British uneasy masters of French Canada. A contemporary print (below, left) depicts successive stages of the battle: Wolfe's red-coated forces land in small boats, scale the cliffs at night, and ex change murderous volleys of musket fire with the surprised foe on the Plains of Abraham. Gallic and gracious, Quebec's Mayor Gilles Lamontagne, right, joins a tour of the riverfront in an air-cushioned hover craft. Lilac dusk (below) envelops the back streets of historic Lower Town, while the hotel Chateau Frontenac, high above, crowns the city like a castle.