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BLUEPETE'S HISTORY OF NOVA SCOTIA: 1600-1763.

Population Levels of
Acadia: 1641-1749

AnnapolisMinasCobequitBeaubassinTotal
16411201
167136025003
16836004
1686592557612778858
16933079
170149810
17039011
17075541257713811427115
171048716
171463717105181,77319
17301,0004,00020
173150021
174880022
174910,00023
AnnapolisMinasCobequitBeaubassinTotal


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FOOTNOTES:

[1] See report as set out in Report Concerning Canadian Archives Branch for the Year 1905, vol. II, article by Placide Gaudet, (Ottawa: S.E. Dawson, 1906), p. 58.

[2] Calnek, p. 31; "68 families," Hannay, p. 210. Hannay points out that there were but 14 persons at Pubnico and a similar number at Cape Negro; at Musquodoboit, 13; St. Peter's, 7. Eaton in his History of King's County says less than 400, p. 25.

[3] Conclusion of DCB, vol. 1, p. 63. But I think this to be too great a number for 1671.

[4] Calnek, p. 34.

[5] Calnek, p. 35. "... 197 adult persons, 218 boys and 177 girls. ... These people possessed 75 guns, 643 head of horned cattle, 627 sheep and 351 swine." (p. 36.) In addition there was 30 soldiers in the garrison. (Also, see Hannay, p. 222; and see Webster's work on Villebon, p. 203.)

[6] Patterson, "Old Cobequid and its Destruction," NSHS#23 (1936), p. 50; also see Hannay, p. 222. Eaton says 11 familes, comprising of 57 souls (p. 27).

[7] Consisting of seventeen male heads of families. (Hannay, p. 254.)

[8] Webster's reports that, in addition, there were 19 people at Le Heve and Mirliguaiche (modern day Lunenburg), 15 at Cape Sable, 16 at Pentagoet (Castine) and surrounding area, 6 at Miramichi, 6 at Nepisiguit (Bathhurst), 26 at Isle Percée and 15-20 at Chedabucto (the town of Guysboro). Eaton in his History of King's County says by 1686 the population was between 800-900, p. 25.

[9] Eaton says 55 familes, comprising of 307 souls (p. 27).

[10] Eaton says 79 familes, comprising of 498 souls (p. 27).

[11] "... nineteen families, or ninety inhabitants..." "The Acadian Seigneury of St.-Mathieu at Cobequid"; by Joan Bourque Campbell, HSHR, 9:2(1989), p. 79.

[12] NSHS, vol. 4, p. 22.

[13] Ibid.

[14] Ibid.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Inhabitants within three miles of the fort as were counted up by the conquering English (See NSHS, vol. 1, p. 83.)

[17] Calnek, p. 66. A figure that represents all the population along the Annapolis River.

[18] See "The Acadian Seigneury of St.-Mathieu at Cobequid"; by Joan Bourque Campbell, NSHR, 9:2(1989), p. 79.

[19] Hannay says: "The inhabitants numbered some two thousand five hundred at the time of the treaty of Utrecht [1713], divided into three principal settlements at Port Royal, Mines and Chignecto." (p. 307.) This figure of 1,773 was adopted by Brebner, New England's Outpost, p. 407.

[20] From the oath taking activities of Philipps, we can determine the general population levels of the Acadians in 1730. There were about 800 oaths administers to the heads of family. Philipps calculated that on average there was about five to a family, so therefore, the total population was 4,000 with about 1,000 around Annapolis Royal and the balance, 3,000 at the "Bay Settlements."

[21] Campbell, "Fort Ellis, Colchester Co.," NSHS#23 (1936), p. 81.

[22] "... nineteen families, or ninety inhabitants..." "The Acadian Seigneury of St.-Mathieu at Cobequid"; by Joan Bourque Campbell, HSHR, 9:2(1989), p. 79.

[23] Hannay, p. 407; see also Brebner, op. cit., p. 165.

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