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Rocky Point in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Atlantic Provinces

Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst

Port-La-Joye - Fort Amherst Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2019
1. Port-La-Joye - Fort Amherst Marker
From 1720 to 1768 this site was an important colonial base, first for France and later Great Britain. One of the first permanent French settlements on the island, Port-la-Joye served as the seat of colonial government for Île Saint-Jean and as a port of entry for newcomers. It was also a place where the Mi’kmaq and the French annually renewed their close relationship and military alliance. It was from this site, surrendered to Great Britain in 1758 and renamed Fort Amherst, that the British organized the forcible removal of over 3,000 of the island’s inhabitants in one of the most tragic of all the Acadian deportations.

De 1720 à 1768, ce site abrite un important centre colonial, d'abord pour la France, puis pour la Grande-Bretagne. Un des premiers établissements permanents de français de la région, Port-la-Joye devient le siège du gouvernement de la colonie de l'île Saint-Jean et un port d'entrée pour les nouveaux arrivants. Mi'kmaq et les français s’y rencontrent annuellement pur cimenter leur relation et renouveler leur alliance militaire. Cédé à la Grande-Bretagne
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en 1758 et renommé fort Amherst, ce lieu sert de base aux Britanniques pour organiser l'expulsion des habitants de l'île, l'une des plus tragiques de toutes les déportations acadiennes.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada et Parcs Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1720.
Location. 46° 11.723′ N, 63° 8.148′ W. Marker is in Rocky Point, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker can be reached from Haché Gallant Drive, 1.2 kilometers east of Prince Edward Island Route 19, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located near the walkway, in front of the visitor center, in Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 191 Haché Gallant Drive, Rocky Point PE C0A 1H2, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Deportation of the Inhabitants of Île Saint-Jean (here, next to this marker); Michel Haché-Gallant et Anne Cormier (a few steps from this marker); Place Yourself in History / Situez-vous dans l’histoire (within
Port-La-Joye - Fort Amherst Marker<br>(<i>marker on right • Park & Visitor Center in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2019
2. Port-La-Joye - Fort Amherst Marker
(marker on right • Park & Visitor Center in background)
shouting distance of this marker); The Mi'kmaq / Les Mi'kmaq (within shouting distance of this marker); Port of Entry / Port d’entrée (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The British Period / La période britannique (about 180 meters away); A Great Survey / Un Arpentage de Taille (about 180 meters away); The Grand Dérangement (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Point.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site
Also see . . .  Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst: A Colonial Outpost in an Island Setting. From 1720 to 1768 the site served first the French and then the British as the Island’s seat of government and port of entry. Port-la-Joye was also an important French colonial outpost, a place where French leaders met regularly with their Mi’kmaw counterparts to renew alliances, and overall a significant site of conflict in the struggle between France and Britain for control of North America. (Submitted on September 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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