This Day in History: 1710-10-12

After 17 days of siege and two days of bombardment, the last French Governor of Nova Scotia surrenders the fort at Port Royal, and is allowed to depart with the honours of war. Nova Scotia becomes a British colony. In the vanguard of the victorious British expeditionary force is a Grenadier company formed by 2 officers, a surgeon and 71 men from Wills’ Regiment of Marines (later 30th Foot and then 1st East Lancashires), sent from Britain for the purpose 5 months before.