“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Annapolis Royal in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic

Jean Paul Mascarene

c. 1694-1760

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By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
1. Jean Paul Mascarene Marker
Inscription. English
A French Huguenot in the British army, Mascarene served here from 1710 to 1750. He was a member of the Council of Nova Scotia (1720-50), lieutenant-colonel of Philipps’ Regiment (1742-50), and administrator and commander in chief of the province (1740-49). Hampered by insufficient troops, a decaying fort and a lack of guidance from the authorities in England, he tried by persuasion and conciliation to ensure the neutrality of the Acadians. With the help of New England reinforcements Mascarene and his ragged garrison withstood French attempts to retake the province in 1744-46. He died in Boston.

Jean-Paul Mascarene, un huguenot, servit ici dans l’armée britannique de 1710 a 1750. Il fut membre du Conseil de la Nouvelle-Écosse (1720-50), lieutenant-colonel du régiment de Philipps (1742-50) et enfin administrateur et commandant de la province (1740-49). Manquant de soldats pour défendre un fort en ruines et ne recevant pas d’instructions de Londres, it tenta par la persuasion et la conciliation de s’assurer la neutralité des Acadiens. Grâce aux renforts venus de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, il repoussa les attaques des Français qui tentaient de reprendre la province (1744-46). Il mourut à Boston.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission
Jean Paul Mascarene Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
2. Jean Paul Mascarene Marker
de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Location. 44° 44.45′ N, 65° 31.166′ W. Marker is in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, in Annapolis County. Marker can be reached from St. George Street just from St. Anthony Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Acadian Dykeland (a few steps from this marker); Fort Anne, a Bastioned Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Fort / Le fort Charles (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Use of Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Vetch (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Black Hole (about 90 meters away); The Flag Bastion (about 90 meters away); Captures of Port Royal (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Annapolis Royal.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Fort Anne National Historic Site.
Also see . . .  Jean Paul Mascarene - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Mascarene was in some ways an odd fish in the imperial backwater of Annapolis Royal. Like those who preceded him, he was caught
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By John Smibert, circa 1729
3. Jean Paul Mascarene
up in the tedious and unrewarding business of guarding an imperial possession before the crown had decided to take its imperial role seriously. Even if one credits him with the preservation of Acadian neutrality and the retention of the province in 1744, events on the larger scale were as much outside his control...
(Submitted on November 2, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Additional keywords. Acadians
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, French and Indian
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