Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Significant Historical Happenings: 1763.


§The Seven Years War is ended with the Treaty Of Paris: A new government under British control was established at Quebec. The existing governments of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, at the same time, were given additional territory to govern. "Labrador, from St. John's River to Hudson Bay, Anticosti, and the Magdalen Islands, were placed under the jurisdiction of Newfoundland, and the islands of St. John (Prince Edward Island), and Cape Breton (Ile Royale), with the smaller islands adjacent thereto, were added to the government of Nova Scotia."
§April: George Grenville (1712-70) becomes the prime minister (1763-5) of Great Britain.
§June: DesBarres is granted 500 acres at Falmouth where he was to build his "Castle Frederick."
§October 7th: This is the date of a "Royal Proclamation On North America." Among other matters, it states that "great frauds and abuses have been committed in the purchasing lands of the Indians ... we do ... strictly enjoin and require, that no private person do presume to make any purchase from the said Indians ... [and we declare] that the trade with the said Indians shall be free and open to all our subjects whatever, provided that every person who may incline to trade with the said Indians do take out a license for carrying on such trade."
§A thirty-two year old Matthew Harris (1731-1819) arrives at Pictou which "was a rude uncultivated wild, inhabited only by a few wondering Indians, and four families" who themselves had only just arrived at that place.
§September 26th: Montague Wilmot arrives at Halifax from Quebec. He had been appointed earlier that year to replace Jonathan Belcher as the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia; he was to named governor the following year.

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