Today their travels are over, they repose in peace, where you can see and touch the world history they represent … three great empires and an idea of liberty, and yes, perhaps they were “the last argument of kings.”
Its companion cannon, the French offering, was manufactured at Strasbourg in 1756, making it just two years older than the British piece. On its barrel, which you can examine to your hearts content, is engraved the Coat of Arms of French King Louis the 14th and a Latin inscription that truly describes how cannon were looked upon in that era. If you don’t read Latin (and who does?) I’ll translate for you: “The last argument of kings.” That is pretty simple to understand If the king had the cannon, he won the final argument.