Woodlawn, 1784

“Halifax, Feb (2?) 1784. This day the proprietors of a tract of land lying on the road to Lawrence Town came to agreement of partition of division according to the adjoining [??], viz. the land colored red was [??] by Nathaniel Russel, the land [??] with water color by Ephraim (Wyman), and the land colored yellow by Richardson.”

“The German Lotts” seen at left, James Creighton’s grant as well as Blagden’s new grant seen at bottom.

No. 2 at top is in reference to the plot granted to Benjamin Bridge as seen here. (No. 5 would be to the right of No. 2, land granted to Benjamin Green, not noted here).

 

“New Road to Lawrencetown” is now Portland Street, here you can see the approximate location of these tracts today, the 111 highway seen at bottom, Main Street at upper left, Bell Lake at top, Russell Lake at the bottom right.

“Halifax County Road leading to Lawrence Town”, 1784. https://archives.novascotia.ca/maps/archives/?ID=181

“Expansion has been from the earliest day the policy of our country…evidence from fathers of the republic”

“WASHINGTON PROGRESSIVE. HE HOPED THAT CANADA WOULD BECOME A PART OF THE UNION—HIS VALLEY FORGE LETTER. “And lastly, another Province (Nova Scotia), which some time ago was very desirous of it, would be added to the Federal Union. It may not be amiss to give Bermuda some consideration, as circumstances in the course of the … Read more

“The history of Kings County, Nova Scotia, heart of the Acadian land”

“Until January, 1757, the Governor and Council ruled alone in Nova Scotia, at that time, after long debate, it was decided that a Representative Assembly should be created, and that there should be elected for the province at large, until counties should be formed, twelve members, besides four for the township of Halifax, two for … Read more

Dartmouth Shore, 1786

“Dartmouth Shore, N.S., 1786. From Anchorage off Naval Yard, Halifax, Looking Eastward. A general view of the town of Dartmouth as it appeared at this period, is here given. It is impossible, however, to identify most of the buildings, which were merely dwellings. Dartmouth was first settled in 1750. On 2nd March, 1786, the old … Read more

Plan of the Peninsula upon which the Town of Halifax is situated, showing the Harbour and Naval-Yard and several Works constructed for their defence

“Part of the Township of Dartmouth”

The above map Reoriented and colorized.

“Plan of the Peninsula upon which the Town of Halifax is situated, showing the Harbour and Naval-Yard and several Works constructed for their defence”, Charles Baskowitz, 1784. https://archives.novascotia.ca/maps/archives/?ID=170

A Plan of National Colonization

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More time is spent describing Dartmouth here than in many other similar books of its kind, yet another instance of 1756 being given as the date of Dartmouth’s “destruction” at the hands of the Mi’kmaq. The timing of the attack, 1756, in regards to the delay of the institution of representative government at Halifax until … Read more

Nova Scotian “Sparks of Liberty”

“The spirited Conduct and Debates of the Halifax House of Representatives in opposing Measures of His Majesty’s Council we offer to our Readers, as we are persuaded that the Spirit of Liberty wherever breathed, is agreeable to the Citizens of these States. On the thirteenth of May, 1790, the above quotation appeared in a Boston … Read more

A brief history of the [Black] Baptists of Nova Scotia and their first organization as churches

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This “authors apology” is so eloquent, it perfectly describes how I feel in relation to Dartmouth and so I had to include it, I can only hope to have a fraction of their humility and ability. Anything that seemed to relate to Dartmouth I’ve included here as follows. “THE AUTHOR’S APOLOGY: This little messenger, presented … Read more

The Illinois Country and the Treaty of Paris of 1783

“With the outbreak of the American Revolution, colonial leaders asserted their claims to the lands beyond the Alleghenies. Congress in its treaty plan of September, 1776, anticipated the acquisition of Canada, Nova Scotia, Florida, and all other British possessions on the North American continent.” “Congress’s special committee to consider foreign affairs issued its initial report … Read more

History of Halifax City

“The [Indigenous people] had appeared in the neighborhood of the town for several weeks, but intelligence had been received that they had commenced hostilities, by the capture of twenty persons at Canso… On the last day of September they made an attack on the sawmill at Dartmouth, then under the charge of Major Gilman. Six … Read more

The Church of England in Nova Scotia and the Tory clergy of the revolution

“In the United States there should be much interest in the Diocese of Nova Scotia, for that Diocese owes its existence to the Tories of the Revolution, who went in thousands from New York and Massachusetts to the “Acadian Province by the Sea,” and its first bishop was, at the outbreak of the war, the … Read more

The New York Loyalists in Nova Scotia

“From the beginning of the strife in the American colonies, New York, which unlike Massachusetts (–and like Nova Scotia) was a royal or crown colony, naturally showed marked loyalist sympathies. It has often been sweepingly asserted that all the leading families of New York were Tories, but that this was far from being the case … Read more

Dartmouth Shore in the Harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

There’s a lot going on here.

The focus for me is this view, one of the earliest views of Dartmouth, and exquisitely detailed!

This is the only representation I’ve ever seen of the gibbet at what used to be Hangman’s Point, later the Nantucket Whaling Company lands, the Marine Railway, the Dartmouth Shipyards, and now King’s Wharf.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Dartmouth Shore in the Harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1780. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-176e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Letters From an American Farmer

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Letter III – What Is An American? “Some few towns excepted, we are all tillers of the earth, from Nova Scotia to West Florida. We are a people of cultivators, scattered over an immense territory, communicating with each other by means of good roads and navigable rivers, united by the silken bands of mild government, … Read more

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