By Domenick d'Andrea and Rick Reeves -
Fall of Roma's Settlement
After the first fall of Louisbourg, British commander William Pepperrell sent an expedition against Ile Saint Jean in July 1745.
This force divided, one part going to Three Rivers, the other to Port-La-Joye.
At Three Rivers Jean Pierre Roma and servants did not give any resistance because they only had one six pound cannon to mount a defence.
Roma, along with his son and daughter escaped into the woods where they witnessed the New Englanders burn the village. The family then probably escaped to Saint Peters (PEI) and then went on to Quebec, remaining there until the end of the war.
The Siege of Louisbourg took place in 1745 when a New England colonial force aided by a British fleet captured Louisbourg, under the Command of
William Pepperrell, an American merchant and soldier, widely remembered for organizing, financing, and leading the 1745 expedition that captured the French garrison at Fortress Louisbourg during King George's War. During hs day he was called the" hero of Louisbourg"
History behind the "GREAT ESCAPE"'
On June 19th, 2020 Frank Korvemaker emailed Roma; "So, tomorrow marks the darkest day at the Roma Site - unless you happen to be an archaeologist, and get the opportunity and the honour 223 years later of discovering the buried fragile remains of the French fishing settlement that Jean Pierre Roma and his entourage established in 1732, and carefully nurtured until the New England privateers pillaged and sacked the village in 1745, thereby eradicating a marvellous pioneer dream. But, had the site developed into a permanent thriving community, those archaeological remains would likely have been obliterated well over a century ago. So, every cloud does have a silver lining.
Frank Korvemaker: Archivist / Construction Historian
unearthed Roma's artifacts in late 1960s
I see you had a special ceremony planned for this summer, but, like the privateers, The Evil Virus came by unexpectedly and ruined all the hope and expectations for these commemorative activities."