Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1768.


§Spring elections are held in England to replace a parliament which had been in place since 1761.
§April: The Massachusetts assembly sends an indignant address to the king and his ministers and "at the same time sent a circular letter to the other colonial governments informing them of its protest against the acts [The Townshend Acts] and requesting their cooperation." This gave rise to orders being sent to General Gage to concentrate a body of troops in the neighbourhood of Boston.
§The North British Society of Halifax first meets.
§Theatre: The American Company of Comedians was performing in Halifax. From the September 1st, 1768 edition of the Gazette we determine that two productions were intended; the first being Jane Shore and another, a farce, "The Virgin Unmasked." "No one was allowed behind the scenes. Performances were on Monday and Thursday, the doors opened at 5, and the show began at 6:30."
§Lt. Governor Michael Francklin signs a warrant designation a stretch of land along St Mary's Bay for the settlement of French Acadians, to be known as Clare. Two months later the first Acadian family, the Doucet family, takes up residence at Clare. The community was to grow, such that, by 1800 there was to be 175 families located there (1050 souls); by 1828, the population would be 2038. (See, "The Re-Coming of the Acadians.")
§The population of Annapolis Royal in total was 513, of which 370 were of American birth, 40 English, 8 Scotch, 20 Irish, 67 Acadian, and of foreign birth. There were 99 families and the people were almost wholly devoted to agriculture pursuits. The people to be found along the eastern coast of the province, including those in the communities of Lunenburg and Liverpool, involved themselves in fishing; at Halifax, though some would have made their living at fishing, most would have been traders making a living off the military presence.
§The Encyclopaedia Britannica comes into being. A literary work containing extensive information on all branches of knowledge, arranged in alphabetical order.
§September: Governor Campbell returns from England with his family; they immediately set out to spend a month in Boston.
§September 28th: "H.M.S. Launcetown, 40; Mermaid, 28; Glasgow, 20; Beaver, 14; Senegal,14; Bonetta, 10; and two armed schooners, with the 14th regt., Lt. Col. Dalrymple, and the 29th regt., Lt. Col. Carr, (in all 1,000 men), arrived at Boston, from Halifax."
§November: Chatham retires.
§December: A provision is brought forward in England to revive an old statute passed under Henry the Eighth whereby "mutinous colonists were to be sent to England for trial."

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