Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1840.


§The introduction of the penny post in England.
§January 8th: Yarmouth lighthouse lit for the first time.
§February 10th: Queen Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
§March 14th: Duel between Joseph Howe and John Haliburton at Point Pleasant Park.
§June 1st: Unicorn, first Cunard ship, arrived at Halifax.
§July 17: Cunard's new steam ship, the Britannia, arrived at Halifax.
§Union Act was passed by the British parliament which brought both Upper and Lower Canada under one English speaking legislature.
§September 30th: With Campbell having been "promoted" to the governorship of Ceylon, Viscount Falkland sworn in as lieutenant-governor.
§Oct 21st: The Fifteenth Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature, first convened in 1837, was dissolved. Election writ issued; returnable Dec 23rd, 1840.
§The glacial theory was asserted by Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) a Swiss national. The theory, first proposed by Agassiz in 1837, was that the Earth had been subject to a past ice age. His investigations led him to visit Scotland and England in 1840, there to find clear evidence of ancient glacial action. The effects of glaciation, are numerous and striking in Nova Scotia.
§Acadia College/University Incorporated by statute.
§Halifax Gas Light and Water Co. incorporated by statute.
§An Act to incorporate St. Peter's Canal Company. Work commenced in 1854 and completed in 1869.

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