Port Royal

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    • Day 13

      Port Royal

      August 28, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We didn't intend for this trip to be so educational but it was. We made a stop at Port Royal and learned about how differently the French were approaching the new land. The French wanted to come and negotiate business with the Mi'kmaq, rather then take over their land. It was peaceful and cooperative. The British and every other country were going to new lands with the intention of taking over, with the result being wars. Port Royal was initially a French port set up to negotiate trade. Then the British came and created war and expulsion of people who did not cooperate. Even if they were peaceful - everyone had to assimilate into British culture or they would have to leave our die. F*ck*n' British Empire. I am just beginning to realize just how much devastation they caused all over the world.Read more

    • Day 30

      A brief history lesson

      May 26, 2023 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      So lots of history in the Maritimes. The French and the British were fighting for control of the “New” territory. Throw in the Scottish, Acadians, the Mi'kmaq and someone is always fighting someone.
      Mostly it was French vs British, the Acadians were neutral and just wanted to farm & be happy. The Mi'kmaq (natives) wanted to preserve their way of life.

      Grand Pré was the main Acadian settlement. They took salt water marshes and using a series of dykes blocked the seawater and drained the marshes to create excellent soil for crops. Unfortunately they were deported by the British because they would not swear allegiance to the king.

      Fort Anne was a typical fort built originally by the Scottish (Ft Charles). Then it changed hands at least 7 times between the French & English. Each adding or removing bits and pieces.

      Port Royal was not a fort but a habitation. Samuel Champlain took it apart and moved it from the island of St. Croix.
      Port Royal is a reconstruction, based on Champlain’s diagrams and notes, it was built using hand tools and techniques from the 1600’s. The craftsmanship was amazing.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Port Royal, Port-Royal, Port Rìoghail, Port Royal i Nova Scotia

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