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Major General James Wolfe

Wolfe was a young and relatively inexperienced commander when, during the Seven Years War, in 1759 he was given commander of a force that sailed up the Saint Lawrence River to capture Quebec City. Wolfe defeated the French at Battle of the Plains of Abraham allowing the British to capture the city of Quebec and shortly afterwards Montreal. Wolfe was killed at the height of the battle which earned him posthumous fame but his victory was highly significant and gave the British control of a country that was to become Canada.