To retake it, now that the fortifications had received Vauban's last improvements, would be a noble revenge.
Vauban could have escaped, but he would not leave M. Destournier.
Vauban, the great French engineer, was sent down to re-fortify the place.
Fig. 65 presents the general plan of the works laid out by Vauban.
The principle apartment is entirely furnished with the same belongings which served Vauban for his personal use.
To obviate these disadvantages Vauban inclined his capital some paces eastwards.
Longwy (Longus vicus) came into the possession of the French in 1678 and was at once fortified by Vauban.
On the morrow he informed Vauban that he had received orders from England to return at once.
A beginning was made with Tournai, an enormously strong place, and reckoned to be of the best of all Vauban's works.
This tiny fortress looks hardly more than a block-house to-day, but in its time it was ranked as one of the best works of Vauban.