The Petit Minou lighthouse in Plouzané, France
As part of the massive fortification campaign of France under the direction of the Marquis de Vauban, construction on the Fort du Petit Minou bastion was finished in 1697. Two hundred-forty cannons and a formidable moat helped protect a waterway leading to the military port town of Brest, on France’s Brittany coast. The waters offshore are notoriously treacherous, so in 1848, the Phare (or ‘lighthouse’) du Petit Minou was added in front of the fort to aid navigation through the Goulet de Brest straight.
The Petit Minou light arrived about a half century too late to witness arguably the most historic event these waters have seen: In January of 1793, the first skirmish between Britain and France in the French Revolutionary Wars took place at the entrance to the straight, an event known as the Childers Incident.
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