Carte de la coste de l’Acadie

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An incredibly detailed map, again showing Chibouctou on the Dartmouth side. Mcnabs Island and George’s are fairly easy to spot for those who’ve seen them on a map before. Perhaps the hatchings next to the seven buildings is the “1/2 acre of improved land” that de Gargas notes in his 1687-1688 census of Acadie (including … Read more

Carte de l’Acadie

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This map shows the Shubenacadie River as the Chibouctou River, a few other features are discernible, including McNabs Island and George’s Island. A rough idea of the different features represented, as they are known today. “Carte de l’Acadie” 1708. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b530900430

Carte particulière de la coste d’Accadie

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A fairly accurate 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 – Dartmouth cove, and the Shubenacadie 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

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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 … Read more

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

Pre-English Settlement

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From The Story of Dartmouth, by John P. Martin: Dartmouth, long before the European explorers and colonizing forces, had a 7,000 year history of occupation by the Mi’kmaq people. The Mi’kmaq annual cycle of seasonal movement; living in dispersed interior camps during the winter, and larger coastal communities during the summer; meant there were no … Read more