Just south of the historic center of Québec City, the Battlefields Park was the site of a decisive turning point in the history of New France. In 1759, during the Seven Years' War, British forces under General Wolfe defeated the French troops led by General Montcalm. The battle, held here on the Plains of Abraham, lasted roughly 30 minutes. The British took control of Québec City and, in the following year, all of France's territory in North America. History buffs make a beeline to this national historic site, but Québec residents mostly consider it a lovely urban oasis of 103 hectares (255 acres) alongside the St. Lawrence River.