Beaubassin area rich in Yorkshire heritage

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To the Editor,

I was interested to read your article on the archaeological dig at Fort Lawrence (Digging in the dirt, July 17). Bravo to Parks Canada for continuing this initiative.
However, I must remind you that the history of Beaubassin did not come crashing to a screeching halt when the Acadians burned the village. That land has been tilled by descendants of the New England Planters and Yorkshire emigrants since then. Surely the artifacts they left behind are also historically significant.
As one with family ties to a farm in Fort Lawrence that has been in family hands since the 1770s, I'm very interested in discoveries of artifacts that can be tied to the Yorkshire emigrants and planters on a personal and historical level.
Carol Dobson, Halifax

Geographic location: Yorkshire

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  • charles
    January 18, 2010 - 11:11

    This comment is very timely. Archaeolgical evidence of the post 1755 occupation and use of the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites is discovered everyday and treated with the same respect as artifacts of the earlier era. However, Parks Canada's mandate requires us to present the story of the commemorated event, which on this site refers to evidence of the Acadian and British occupations. As archaeologists, we are concerned with all the evidence in the ground, particularly with the activities and occupation of those who lived in and cared for this land after the removal of Fort Lawrence. Although the story of the Planter and Yorkshire settlers is rarely articulated in media accounts of the Public Archaeolgy Experience, their place in the landscape of Beaubassin will be clearly presented in the final archaeological report.

  • Sandy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    I can't help but agree with both earlier postings. In case anyone reading this is not aware of it, an excellent (and award winning) book about this area during the American Revolutionary war was written by Ernest Clarke in 1995. The Siege of Fort Cumberland, 1776, published by McGill Queens University Press.

    Ernest Clarke explores why supporters of American independence did not prevail in this British North American colony. He reveals how the siege of Fort Cumberland shaped the attitudes of Nova Scotians to the revolution and to their place in the North American world.
    He examines the attitudes of the various players in the region - New England planters, Acadians, Native peoples, Yorkshiremen, and Scots-Irish - and their responses to the call to arms issued by the revolutionary forces in the thirteen colonies.

    For more information, and a review, here is a link: http://mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=1278