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An incident of historical significance was the part Yarmouth took in the expedition against the French, and the capture of the Canadian stronghold. In 1745, forty white men and thirteen Pawkunnawakut Indians, in charge of Captain Joseph Thatcher of Yarmouth, went to Cape Breton.

The capture of the fortress there was the most noteworthy feat of the battle. Thatcher and the white men were praised for their heroism. However, the thirteen Indians were really responsible for the victory. They crawled through a hole in the wall of the fortress and opened the gates of the battery.

In the engagement which followed, none of the white men were killed or seriously wounded, but only three of the Pawkunnawakuts survived.

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