Lunenburg in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
The Early Acadian History of Lunenburg
L’histoire des premiers Acadiens de Lunenburg
More than a century before the founding of Lunenburg, these lands were inhabited by French-speaking settlers, known as Acadians. Their settlements, including one at Lunenburg, then known by its Mi’kimaq name, Merligueche, began in the 1630’s after French explorer Isaac de Razilly established a fort in nearby LaHave, as the capital of New France.
At Merligueche, Acadian families, notably Claude and Marguerite (Petitpas) Guédry and their children, along with Claude Petitpas and his Mi’kmaq wife Marie-Thérèsa, felled the trees and cleared the rocky soil to establish farms. They also fished and traded with the Mi’kmaq for furs. Sadly, mounting pressure to declare allegiance to the British Crown, in addition to tension between the British and Mi’kmaq, began to undermine the community so that by the time the township of Lunenburg was founded in 1753 only one Acadian household remained in Merligueche. That household belonged to Paul Labrador, or “Old Labrador” as he was called in the journals of British officials, a Guédry descendent.
Plus d’un siècle avant le fondation de Lunenburg,
À Merligueche, des familles acadiennes, notamment Claude et Marguerite (Petitpas) Guédry et leurs enfants, de même que Claude Petitpas et son épouse mi’kmaq Marie-Thérèse, abattent les arbres et préparent le sol rocailleux pour y construire des fermes. Ils font aussi le pêche de même que le commerce de fourrures croissante pour que les habitants prêtent serment d’allégeance à la Couronne britannique, et les tensions entre les Britanniques et les Mi’kmaq, commencent à miner la collectivité à un point tel qu’au moment de la fondation du canton de Lunenburg en 1753, il ne reste qu’une seule famille acadienne à Merligueche. Il s’agite de le famille de Paul Labrador - le «vieux Labrador» comme on l’appelait dans les journaux des fonctionnaires britannique -, un descendant des Guédry.
Erected by Town of Lunenburg.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 22.6′ N, 64° 18.854′ W. Marker is in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in Lunenburg County. Marker can be reached from Linden Avenue just from Bluenose Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Foreign Protestant Settlement in Lunenburg (a few steps from this marker); Merligueche (a few steps from this marker); First Peoples (within shouting distance of this marker); Lunenburg’s Fishing Industry to the 1870’s (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Lunenburg Historic District (about 240 meters away); St. John's Anglican Church / L'église anglicane St. John's (about 240 meters away); Lunenburg’s Fishing Industry 1870’s - 1940’s (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); St. John's Parish Hall (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lunenburg.
More about this marker. This marker is located on a path in front of the Old French Cemetery.
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