The muskets had been fired, and the Captain shouted my orders. I was about to fire a cannon. I lifted the stick, and touched the lit end to the paper that would ignite the culminating blast of the show. As I held my breath, a giant boom rocked my entire body and smoke filled the air. This was not how I thought I’d be spending my day. But visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg was not like any other historic site we had been to. And the smile that crept across my face was evidence that I was happily surprised.