Larrys River in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
The Great Upheaval 1755-1763
Le grand dérangement
With the founding of Halifax in 1749 as a British naval base, the Acadians became the target of concern and possible displacement. Demands on them to accept and sign an "oath of allegiance” to the British crown were made several times but the Acadians refused, unless two clauses of concern to them were changed: 1) they would not have to take up arms against the French or the Mi'kmaq in the event of conflict, and 2) they would not have to abandon the practice of their Catholic faith. In summary, they wished to remain "neutrals" and live in peace in their communities. The British of Halifax did not know how to deal with this and hastily put forward a "Deportation Order” as an answer to this dilemma.
On September 5, 1755, Colonel Winslow, on orders from Governor Lawrence of Halifax, had all the men and boys of the Grand Pré area assemble in St. Charles Church to be read a message from the Governor. Once in the church, the doors were locked and the Deportation Declaration was read. It stated that all families would be loaded together on ships anchored in Minas Basin and transported to the New England colonies
(1) Dans l'eventualité d'une guerre ils ne seraient pas obligés de porter les armes contre les Français et les Mi'Kmaq.
(2) Ils n'auraient pas à renoncer à leur religion. Ce qu'ils désiraient c'était de demeurer neutre et de vivre en paix dans leurs communautés.
Les gouverneurs Brittanique d'Halifax ne sont pas prêts à accepter ces termes et ils ordonnent la déportation de ceux-ci.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Settlements & Settlers • War, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Acadian History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 5, 1755.
Location. 45° 13.305′ N, 61° 22.647′ 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 Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Larrys River NS B0H 1T0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Scattering of a People (here, next to this marker); Grand-Pré (here, next to this marker); The Resettlement (here, next to this marker); Acadian Dyke Building Along the Bay of Fundy (here, next to this marker); Chezzetcook, Tracadie and Havre Boucher (here, next to this marker); Samuel de Champlain Meets Captain Savalette On Shores of Tor Bay (a few steps from this marker); Settlement of the Tor Bay Area circa 1797 (a few steps from this marker); Settlement of l’Acadie 1604/1605 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Larrys River.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 43 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.