Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1777.


§June: General Howe, who had proceeded from New York to Jersey, intending to penetrate thence to Pennsylvania, was compelled, by Washington's skilful operations, to retreat. It was now obvious to the British that their principal difficulty was the resistance of the civilian population: the British did not have the support of the American people.
§June: Burgoyne, having been sent to replace Carleton led 7,000 men south from Quebec. Burgoyne occupied Crown Point and obliged the Americans to evacuate Ticonderoga. Though his force was weak by his men's efforts throughout the past few months, in September, the British army continued their march southwards to Saratoga where a battle was to break out with the entrenched Americans. In the meantime, another American force had circled around and cut Burgoyne's retreat route by destroying his boats at Lake George. On October the 16th, having little choice in the matter, Burgoyne surrendered.
§July 12th, Saturday: Perkins buys a negro boy from a captain who came in from Bermuda. "The boy's name is Jacob, which I have altered to Frank. He is about 10 or 11 years old. Price £35.
§September 28, Sun: "... Towards night His Majesty's Ship Rainbow, Sir George Collier, and the brig Cabot, Capt. Dodd, arrived and anchored in the harbour. This is the largest ship ever in the harbour. ..." (Perkins Diary.)
§The first Scotch settler, Wellwood Waugh, a native of Lockerby, Parish of Lockerton, arrives at Tatamagouche. He had first tried P.E.I. in 1772, then after that he spent a short time at Pictou; but, finally, Waugh found Tatamagouche to his liking.

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