Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Significant Historical Happenings: 1750.
In Connection With:
Bk. 1, Pt. 5, Ch. 6. - "Foreign Protestants By the Ship Load" (1750-52).
Bk. 1, Pt. 5, Ch. 9. - "The English Fortify Nova Scotia" (1749-54).

GENERALLY, 1750:
§Cornwallis Moreau (1750-1842), first male child born at Halifax.
§The first divorce in Canada at Halifax, Lt. Williams and his wife, Amy (May 15th).

JANUARY, 1750:
§January: At the Acadian community of Cobequid (Truro), on the church steps, in the presence of their priests, Le Loutre, with Indians at his back, threatens death to any Acadian who should travel to trade with the English.

MARCH, 1750:
§March 18th: The Battle at St Croix River.

APRIL, 1750:
§April 5th: Lawrence with 300 men leave Halifax with the view of dislodging the French at the Isthmus of Chignecto. (Lawrence's First Descent on Chignecto.)
§April 26th: Lawrence having attempted to carry out his orders, and having met a greater resistance then expected, prudently withdraws to Minas; at Pisiquid (Windsor), during the summer he completes the building of Fort Edward.
§April: "... deputies arrive at Halifax from River Canard, Grand Pre and Piziquid, asking for leave to evacuate the Province, and to carry off their effects. They also announced their determination not to sow their fields. Cornwallis replied in a most kind and conciliatory strain."

MAY, 1750:
§May 13th: The transports which had borne the troops in Lawrence's first descent (aborted) on Chignecto come into Halifax after a long sail around the peninsula.
§May: British deserters of the "40th" are bound up, and obliged to face the authorities at Grand Pre. On order of Cornwallis two were shot. The bodies of three others, after execution, were hung up in chains as an example to others. Incidentally, it was determined that these deserters "had been encouraged and assisted by the French inhabitants."
§Numerous Acadians move their families off their farms on peninsular Nova Scotia and make their trek by land and by water to the French held territories of Île Royal (Cape Breton) and Île St. Jean (Prince Edward Island).
§Abbe Maillard abandons Malagawatch and leads his native flock across the Bras d'Or to Chapel Island.

JUNE, 1750:
§June 1st: Major Charles Lawrence became the lieutenant-colonel of "The Fighting Fortieth").
§June 13th: The foundation of St. Paul's Church at Halifax is laid.

JULY, 1750:
§July 10th: The rough barricade of felled trees which had been hastily installed around the new town of Halifax the previous year was replaced with a picketed line, or palisade.

AUGUST, 1750:
§August the 13th: A regiment of soldiers (Laschelles') arrive at Halifax from Ireland, "all in health."

SEPTEMBER, 1750:
§September 2nd: At Halifax, the first service St. Paul's is conducted.
§September 3rd, 1750 (NS): The Alderney arrives at Halifax Harbour from London with 370 immigrants aboard, about 150 of which are French and German speaking people from Switzerland.
§September 3rd: With "seventeen small vessels and about seven hundred men," Lawrence descends on Chignecto for the second time (first was in April). The French forces, after a "sharp skirmish," retire north, behind the river Missaguash.
§September 3rd: The Burning of Beaubassin.
§September: Fort Lawrence is built south of the river Missaguash
§September 6th (NS): On the marshes of Chignecto, a trap is laid and Edward How is shot dead.
§September 11th: Fort completed atop of what we know as Citadel Hill, Halifax.
§September 13th (NS): The Ann arrives at Halifax with 322 settlers aboard.
§September 25th (NS): The Nancy arrives at Halifax with settlers aboard.

NOVEMBER, 1750:
§November: La Corne is called from Chignecto back to Quebec; he is replaced by Saint-Ours.
§During the autumn the town of Dartmouth is laid out.
§A blockhouse is built at Dartmouth.
§November 27th: The rough fortifications on Georges Island are completed. It was to have a palisade around it and seven heavy guns in place.


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