The US desires to establish economic interests in the area but has been frustrated by French privateers
English and Dutch merchantmen in the 1600s sometimes proved superior to Portuguese and Spanish warships, and French privateers
during the reign of Louis XIV could be a match for the English frigates of the day.
One fascinating Stokesley story featured in the acrylic painting is that of a local sea captain called Hornby who, when attacked at sea by French privateers
in 1744, blew up the attacking ship with his cannons, receiving a gold medal from a grateful King George III in return.
began to operate out of Louisbourg, preying on coastal trade and seizing fishing boats.
And at Cambois, a re-enactment of a 16th Century battle between locals and French privateers
loyal to the King of Spain took place.