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Baptiste (1663-1714+):
Baptiste, the nickname of Pierre Maisonnat, was: during war, a captain of a French fighting frigate; during peace, a privateer. (More)
Barss, Joseph (1776-1824):
A native of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Barss was a ship's captain, privateer, and businessman. (More)
Bartlett, Wm. Henry (1809-54):
Bartlett, a travel book illustrator, came to Canada in 1838. There were many travel book illustrators that went about their business in the 19th century: Bartlett, however, was different, in that -- in addition to being an accomplished artist -- he "travelled to all the places he drew." His output was "prodigious" and most all of it ended up in the hands of the engravers. Canadian Scenery, is a very handsome two volume work brought out in England in 1842; it is a very valuable set of books these days, containing 120 steel engravings of drawings done by Bartlett, a number of them are scenes in and about Nova Scotia, depicting it as it was, in 1838.
Bastide, John Henry (c.1700-c.1770):
Bastide was a English military engineer who participated in both the 1745 and the 1758 sieges of Louisbourg. (More)
Bathurst, Henry, 3rd Earl of Bathurst (1762-1834):
In 1812, Bathurst was appointed Secretary of State for War and Colonies; he remained in this position for the next fifteen years.
Belcher, Jonathan (1710-1776):
Belcher's career as Chief Justice of Nova Scotia was to cover a period which extended from 1754 to 1776. He draws our interest, primarily because he was sitting on Council when the fateful decision was made in 1755 to deport the Acadians. (More)
Berkeley, Sir George Cranfield: (b.1753, d.1818 at London):
Vice-Admiral Berkeley was the Commander-in-chief of the North American and West Indian Stations in 1806. He was the third son of Augustus Berkeley, 4th Earl of Berkeley. "After his education at Eton College, George Cranfield Berkeley entered the Royal Navy in 1766. From 1767 to 1769 he served on the Guernsey under Hugh Palliser at Newfoundland, and in 1774 he was promoted lieutenant. In 1780 he became a captain, and the same year commanded the sloop Fairy off Newfoundland, capturing nine American privateers. Promoted rear-admiral in 1799 and vice-admiral in 1805, in 1806 he was named commander of the North American squadron, his first independent command." (DCB) Berkeley came to Halifax in July of 1806 to take up his duties. He alternated between Halifax and Bermuda. In 1808, after the "Chesapeake Incident" of 1807, Berkeley was sent to command the squadron on the coast of Portugal from 1808 to 1812.
Biencourt de Saint-Just, Charles (1591-c1623):
One of the original founders of Acadia. (More)
Bigot, Francois (1703-1778):
The infamous French intendant. (More)
Binney, Jonathan (1724-1807)
Among the offices which Binney held was that of the collector of provincial duties at Canso. He got himself into trouble when the authorities at Halifax thought he was abusing his position and padding his own nest: the "Binney Affair." (More)
Blowers, Sampson Salter (1743-1843)
Born in Boston, Blowers was educated at Harvard. As a loyalist, he was, in 1784, appointed the Attorney General for Nova Scotia. In 1797, he was appointed the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. (More)
Boishebert, Charles des Champs de ... (1729- 1797):
Boishebert was to come to Acadia with his uncle, Sieur de Ramezay in 1746 and his connections to Acadia continued until he returned to Quebec in 1758 to fight on for the French until their final defeat in 1760. Having been returned to France, this brave Canadian French military officer was put on trial with a number of French colonial administrators (including Bigot). The trial was to produce some very valuable records and give an inside glimpse as to the goings on at the highest levels of the French command in America during its last years. (More)
Bonaventure, Sr; Simon-Pierre ... (1659-1711):
Bonaventure was the second in command at Port Royal when it was taken by the British in 1710. (More)
Bonaventure, Jr; Claude-Elizabeth Denys de ... (1701-1760):
Bonaventure, jr., was to follow his father's footsteps and was at Louisbourg during both the sieges of 1745 and 1758. (More)
Borgne: (See Le Borgne.)
Boscawen, Edward (1711-1761):
The English naval admiral who was picked to command the naval forces in the attack on Louisbourg, in 1758. (More)
Boucher, Pierre-Jereme (1688-1753):
Boucher was a resident assistant-engineer at Fortress Louisbourg. Overall he was to spend some 32 years at Louisbourg and died there in 1753. (More)
Bouchette, Joseph (1774-1841):
An English army engineer, and, artist, who was with the troops in the Duke of Kent's regiment at Halifax, c. 1800. (More)
The Boularderies:
Both father and son were to play a role in Acadia. (More)
Brouillan, Monbeton de (1676-1755): [See St. Ovide]
Bradstreet, John (c.1711-74):
Born in Annapolis Royal (his mother was a Latour) Bradstreet was to join the British army as an officer and had an extensive and involved career during the wars with the French on the American continent (1745-63). (More)
Broke, Philip Bowes Vere (1776-1841):
The British captain of the victorious ship, HMS Shannon which captured the USS Chesapeake on June 1st, 1813. For a description of the event which includes a brief biographical note on Broke, see The Shannon and the Chesapeake. (More)
Brouillan, Joseph de (1651-1705):
The French governor at Port Royal between 1702 and its permanent fall to the English in 1710. (More)
Bulkeley, Richard (1717-1800):
Richard Bulkeley held numerous governmental positions in the early establishment of the British capital, Halifax, ones in which he preformed admirably, such that, he has been described as the "Father of the Province." (More)
Bushell, John (1715-1761):
John Bushell was born in Boston where he learned his trade as a printer. After a number of years in Boston as a printer, Bushell determined to take advantage of an opportunity that opened up at Halifax. Bartholomew Green, another printer from Boston, had left for Halifax in 1751 and brought with him all the necessary equipment and supplies to set up a printing shop, no other being at Halifax at that time. Unfortunately, not long after Green arrived he died. Bushell went to Halifax to continue the business. From his shop on Grafton Street, on March 23, 1752, Bushell brought forth the first issue of the Halifax Gazette. It was a subscription newspaper and was a single large sheet, printed on both sides, two columns on each side. Of course, in addition to publishing the Gazette, Bushell applied himself to a number of different print jobs a number of which came from the government. For whatever reason, Bushell had trouble keeping everything going. In 1758, he hired an assistant, Anthony Henry. Henry took over the paper when Bushell died in 1761.
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