Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Significant Historical Happenings: 1761.


§John Harrison (1693-1776) invents the chronometer, such an accurate time keeping devise was to allow the Royal navy to resolve the longitude problem and thereafter to calculate distances, east to west and then to safely predict land falls.
§Captain Charles Morris, surveyor, prepares charts of conquered Acadia. (See examples: Chignecto, Minas and Truro.)
§October: Pitt resigns as prime minister and the Duke of Bedford takes the lead in the English government.
§October: Under the auspices of Colonel Alexander McNutt two ships came into Halifax Harbour with 250 to 300 Irish emigrants; they had sailed from Londonderry. It was intended that they should be at the recently established townships of Truro and Onslow. Being late in the season they were kept at Halifax to spend the winter with the support of both the government and private charity. It seems, unlike the settlers that were to come up from New England, these Irish emigrants were "indigent people." In the spring of 1762 "the Council gave the Irish provisions, seed corn, tools, and building materials, and arranged for a vessel to take them to Cobequid ..."
§November 21st: Jonathan Belcher is sworn in as lieutenant governor.
§November: The sinking of the French ship, Auguste off the coast of Cape Breton. Among those who lost their lives, was La Corne.

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