Northeast Coast campaign (1703)

The Northeast Coast campaign (also known as the Six Terrible Days)[3] (10 August – 6 October 1703) was the first major campaign by the French of Queen Anne's War in New England. Alexandre Leneuf de La Vallière de Beaubassin[4] led 500 troops made up of French colonial forces and the Wabanaki Confederacy of Acadia (200 Mi'kmaq[5] and others from Norridgewock).[6][lower-alpha 1] They attacked English settlements on the coast of present-day Maine between Wells and Casco Bay (now the Portland, Maine area), burning more than 15 leagues of New England country and killing or capturing more than 150 people.[7][4][lower-alpha 2] The English colonists protected some of their settlements, but a number of others were destroyed and abandoned. Historian Samuel Drake reported that, "Maine had nearly received her death-blow" as a result of the campaign.[3]

Northeast Coast campaign (1703)
Part of Queen Anne's War
Date10 August – 6 October 1703
present-day coastal Maine, from Casco Bay south
Result French and Indian victory
"The Pine Tree flag of New England" New England  French colonists
Commanders and leaders
Cyprian Southack
John March (wounded)
Captain John Larrabee
Captain Summersby (Portsmouth)
Captain Wadley (Wells)
Captain Davis
Captain Richard Hunnewell (Black Point) 
Lt. Wyat (Black Point)
Alexandre Leneuf de La Vallière de Beaubassin
Father Sebastian Rale
500 Indians
unknown marines
Casualties and losses
reports vary; killed captured more than 300[1][2] approximately 15 killed; 15 captured

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