Dartmouth Parish (The Harbour of Halifax)

One of the only maps I’ve seen that shows what is a political division, “Dartmouth Parish”, I believe this is a reference to it being a bishopric.

From Coke Upon Littleton: “…the ancient towns called boroughs are the most ancient towns in England; and from these towns come the burgesses of parliament, when the king has summoned his parliament. Every borough incorporate that had a bishop within time of memory, is a city, albeit the bishopric be dissolved…It is not necessary that a city be a county of itself; as Cambridge, Ely, Westminster &c. are cities, but are no counties of themselves, but are part of the counties where they are”

Some interesting features are included, including the Ferryhouse located at the bottom of Old Ferry Road, the flour mill just outside of the town plot, as well as the “three hills above Dartmouth”, (which I believe is in reference to “Mt. Amelia” at the top of Old Ferry Road, “Silver’s Hill” in the Sinclair neighborhood and “Mt. Thom” aka Brightwood).

“The Harbour of Halifax”, Backhouse, Th. 1798. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53090052z, https://archives.novascotia.ca/maps/archives/?ID=226

Carte particulière de la coste d’Accadie

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A very detailed early map of Nova Scotia from some time previous to the founding of Halifax. Chibouctou is shown on the Dartmouth side of the harbor, opposite McNabs Island and Geroge’s Island. Shubenacadie River is seen to the north of the settlement. I haven’t found any substantial confirmation that the Dartmouth side is where … Read more

Carte de la côte Sud de l’Acadie

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Baye d Chibouctou, later Halifax Harbor. McNabs Island can be seen in the middle of the harbor with George’s Island north, and to the north east is Sault aux saumone, or salmon jump – which could be the Sackville River. “Carte de la côte Sud de l’Acadie” 16?? (<1700) https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53089646d

Carte réduite des costes de l’Acadie

A (probably very) rough translation:

“The English took possession of Chibouctou on the 19th of August 1749 and named it Halifax.

It is one of the most beautiful ports in all parts of Acadia and England. It should provide great income, by the different advantages that it contains. It is located at 44 degrees 3 minutes latitude.”

This map is an inset from a broader map of Nova Scotia (Acadia), interestingly it shows the picketed part of Dartmouth as being near the bottom of what would be Old Ferry Road today, what appears to be the Eastern battery is seen further down the harbor, closer to Eastern Passage.

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“Carte réduite des costes de l’Acadie” 17?? (>1749) https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53089777g

Twin Cities Map Metropolitan Halifax-Dartmouth

Many communities noted on this map: Burnside, Shannon Park, Tufts Cove, Albro Lake, Port Wallis, Tam O’Shanter, Westphal, Graham Corner, Commodore Park, Southdale, Woodlawn Woodside, Ellendale, Bel Ayr Park and Wildwood Lake within the City of Dartmouth.
A few peripheral communities are also noted: Shearwater, Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, Willowdale, Highland Acres, Sunset Acres and Humber Park.

“Twin Cities Map Metropolitan Halifax-Dartmouth”, 1977. https://archives.novascotia.ca/maps/archives/?ID=1941

Plan de la baye et des ports de Chibouctou

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“F: Village Dartmouth ou monte un bivac de 60 homes “Bivac“: “Term borrowed from German. Extraordinary guard which is made at night in the open air for the safety of a camp, a detachment, a post. Sleep at the bivac.” Rough translation: Dartmouth village, a camp made up of 60 men. “Plan de la baye … Read more

Carte de la baye de Chibouctou

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One of the only representations I’ve seen of an island that supposedly existed in Dartmouth Cove, that is mentioned by Martin in the Story of Dartmouth on page 31: “There is an old tradition that in this part of Mill Cove, a small island used to exist. It is mentioned in a footnote to the … Read more

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