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Larrys River in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Grand-Pré

 
 
Grand-Pré Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, August 27, 2019
1. Grand-Pré Marker
Inscription.   Grand Pré (large meadow) settlement began in 1682 when a few families from Port Royal moved there. It is situated near the shores of Minas Basin, an inlet that empties into the Bay of Fundy. By 1707, the population had grown to 580 people, mostly from the Port Royal and Beaubassin areas, because life here was safe without threat or interference due to its isolation. A large system of dykes and aboiteaux were constructed to reclaim the rich meadows flooded by the powerful and extraordinarily high Fundy tides. The entire region became known as "le Bassin des Mines” due to its copper mines, and was the site of great population growth throughout the first half of the 18th century. Grand Pré, and the area around it, became a busy hub of activity during this time and l'Eglise St. Charles became the centre of their lives. This great "meadowland” produced rich crops of wheat, rye, peas and oats and supported large herds of cattle while the nearby rivers provided a variety of fresh fish for consumption. By 1750 the population of this area was 2450 with some 200 homes, a gristmill, a windmill, and sawmill. The community was thriving
Grand-Pré Painting image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, August 27, 2019
2. Grand-Pré Painting
The painting features the memorial church now at Grand-Pré
without outside interference and able to make its own decisions while the people lived as "true neutrals". The Grand Pré area was quickly becoming the new "coeur de l'Acadie". Little did these people know what lay in store for them on September 5, 1755

L'établissement de Grand-Pré a connu son début en 1682 lorsque quelques familles arrivées. Il est situé près des côtes de Minas Basin, une anse qui se vide dans la Baie de Fundy. En 1707, la population avait grandie à 580 venant principalement de Port Royal et Beaubassin. Dû à son isolation la vie était secure et sans menace. Un grand système de digues et 'aboiteaux fut construit réclamer les terres fertiles qui pour étaient constamment inondées les puissantes marées de la Baie de Fundy. La région entière fut nommée le 'Basin des Mines' dû à ses mines de cuivre et sa poplulaltion a accru sa croissance lors de la premiêre moitié du 18e siècle. Grand-Pré et ses alentours sont devenus les pivots des activités durant ce temps et l'Eglise St Charles devient le centre culturel de leur vie. Ce grand 'pré est riche en blé, en seigle, en pois et en avoine, il comptait beaucoup d'animaux pendant que les rivières voisinantes leur offraient une varieté de poissons pour leur consommation. En 1750, la population de cet endroit était de 2450 et comptait 200 domiciles, un moulin à vent et une scierie. La communauté progressait
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sans aucune interférence de l'extérieur, elle pouvait s'auto-gouverné pendant que son peuple vivait paisiblelment. Grand-Pré devient vite le coeur de l'Acadie. Les habitants ne menace. pouvaient pas savoir ce qui les attendait en date du 5 septembre 1755

(Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 45° 13.303′ N, 61° 22.646′ W. Marker is in Larrys River, Nova Scotia, in Guysborough County. Marker is at the intersection of Marine Drive (Nova Scotia Route 316) and Ballfield Loop, on the right when traveling west on Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Larrys River, Nova Scotia B0H 1T0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Acadian Dyke Building Along the Bay of Fundy (here, next to this marker); The Great Upheaval 1755-1763 (here, next to this marker); Samuel de Champlain Meets Captain Savalette On Shores of Tor Bay (here, next to this marker); The Scattering of a People (here, next to this marker); The Resettlement (a few steps from this marker); Settlement of l’Acadie 1604/1605 (a few steps from this marker); French Expeditions Aimed At Settling North America (a few steps from this marker); Chezzetcook, Tracadie and Havre Boucher (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Larrys River.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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