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Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

Enos Collins


Enos Collins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2019
1. Enos Collins Marker
An ambitious seaman from Liverpool, N.S., and sometime privateer, Enos Collins was reputed to be the richest man in British North America when he died. His fortune, amassed through shrewd investments in mercantile, financial and other entrepreneurial ventures, contributed to the physical, commercial and social development of Halifax. Wealth and its influence gained him a seat on the governor’s council (1822-38) and the hand of the bishop’s niece in 1825. A confirmed Tory, he nevertheless found himself allied with reformers to oppose Confederation.

Né à Liverpool (N.-É.), Enos Collins fut un navigateur très ambitieux. Il fit même partie de l’équipage d’un célèbre corsaire. À sa mort, il passait pour être l'homme le plus riche de l’Amérique du Nord britannique. Sa fortune, accumulée grâce à des investissements judicieux dans des diverses entreprises, contribua au développement général d'Halifax, lui valut d’épouser la nièce de l'évêque (1825) et de faire partie du Conseil des Douze (1822-1838). Au moment de la Confédération, il rompit ses liens de toujours avec les conservateurs
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Erected 1975 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1774.
Location. 44° 39.019′ N, 63° 34.404′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker can be reached from Upper Water Street just north of Duke Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the former Collins' Bank Building, near the center of the south side, facing the waterfront alley walkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1883 Upper Water Street, Halifax NS B3J 1S9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Halifax Waterfront Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); William Thomas (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cast Iron Facade / Façade en Fonte (about 120 meters away); Gilbert Stuart Newton (about 120 meters away); The Dockyard Clock / L'horloge de L'arsenal (about 180 meters away); Here We Began
Enos Collins Marker • <i>wide view<br>(marker mounted between doorways)</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2019
2. Enos Collins Marker • wide view
(marker mounted between doorways)
(about 180 meters away); Celtic Cross (about 180 meters away); The Explosion Clock (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Also see . . .  Enos Collins Biography. During the War of 1812 Enos Collins was an astute partner (with Joseph Allison) in a firm which bought captured American vessels from the prize courts and sold their cargoes at a profit. Probably the firm prospered too by illegally including New England in the war trade between Nova Scotia and the West Indies. Collins was part-owner of three privateers, including the Liverpool Packet, the most dreaded Nova Scotian vessel to ply New England waters during the war. (Submitted on September 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
(former) Collins' Bank Building (<i>marker visible near center</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2019
3. (former) Collins' Bank Building (marker visible near center)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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