Grand Pre Church

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

Artist's Description

One of the sad stories of Nova Scotia (Canada) history is the expulsion of the Acadian settlers,ordered by the British Governor, Charles Lawrence, on July 28, 1755.Following the many French-British wars of that period, the Governor believed the Acadians, who were French, would always be a problem in the settlement of the province. They were gathered in various spots and shipped off to places as far as Louisiana, which at that time was a French possession.
At the tiny village of Grand Pre, on the shores of the Bay of Fundy,the Dominion Atlantic Railway
in 1920 developed the memorial park and church to commemorate the expulsion. Shortly after, the site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada and is now administered by Parks Canada. The expulsion was made famous by a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (“Evangeline”, a young woman who was separated from her family and future husband.Her statue is mounted in front of the church. though she was almost certainly a fictional character. Longfellow himself never visited Grand Pre.

Taken in September 2006 with a Sony DSCF828 camera.

Featured in Canadian Historical and Pioneer Sites

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