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Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces
 

Menahkwesk "Saint John"

 
 
Menahkwesk "Saint John" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2019
1. Menahkwesk "Saint John" Marker
Inscription.  As the people of the Saint John River/Walastakok River, Maliseets are known to have lived on this river for nearly 12,000 years. When The Europeans first came here in 1604 we were living in a village on an island in this harbor. Maliseets referred to their village simply as Wikotik, meaning “at the place where one lives.” The Europeans thought it was the name for our village! But our name for this place is Menahkwesk. This area was a trading place as we have always been self-sufficient and living with nature.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 16.401′ N, 66° 4.365′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fort Latour Drive and Navy Way when traveling east. Marker is located along the Harbour Passage Trail, about 2/10 kilometer east of Navy Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 Chesley Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick E2K 1K7, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort La Tour (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort La Tour (within shouting
Menahkwesk "Saint John" Marker (<i>wide view • St John Throughway/Canada Hwy 1 in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2019
2. Menahkwesk "Saint John" Marker (wide view • St John Throughway/Canada Hwy 1 in background)
distance of this marker); Fort La Tour / Le Fort La Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shards of Time (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Tides of Fundy / Les Marées de Fundy (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Saint John Harbour Bridge / Le pont du port de Saint John (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Fort Howe (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Saint John – The Working Port / Saint John, port en activité (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint John.
 
Also see . . .  Indigenous Peoples. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Wolastoqiyik (also known as Maliseet) were the primary inhabitants of the Saint John area. To the Wolastoqiyik, the site of what would become Saint John was known as Menahkwesk. Today, Wolastoqiyik continue to live both in Saint John and the surrounding area. The closest reserve is Oromocto First Nation, about an hour drive north of Saint John. (Submitted on September 6, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Menahkwesk "Saint John" Mural (<i>mounted above marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2019
3. Menahkwesk "Saint John" Mural (mounted above marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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