|"As the Seven Years War drew to a close in 1762 the
Comte díHaussonville led a final French attack on Newfoundland, seizing
St. Johnís. When word of the loss reached the British in New York
preparations were at once begun to retake the place; a military force
commanded by Colonel William Amherst was dispatched to Newfoundland,
supported by a blockading fleet under Admiral Lord Colville. The British
forces landed here at Torbay on 13 September and proceeded overland to St.
Johnís, which they forced the French to surrender, five days later."