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Canso in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

The Canso Islands/ Les îles Canso

 
 
The Canso Islands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, August 25, 2019
1. The Canso Islands Marker
Inscription.   During the seventeenth century French fishermen came from Cape Breton, across Chedabucto Bay, to fish for cod in thirty foot shallops. Later, the New England colonists came in their schooners. They fished the Banks and dried their fish along the rocky beaches of the Canso Islands.

Eventually the area became a headquarters for the New England fish trade. Soldiers constructed fortifications on Canso Island. In 1728, Governor Richard Phillips described a harbour scene of 150 to 200 ships anchored at the Islands and 2,000 men working in the area. This activity came to an abrupt end in 1744, when the French stationed at Louisburg attacked and burned the British fortifications and settlements on the Islands.

Grassy Island National Historic Site and Interpretive Centre tells a complete history of this period.

Au dix-septième siècle, les pêcheurs français du Cap-Breton traversaient la bai de Chedabucto en chaloupes de trente pieds pour pêcher la morue. Plus tard, les colons de Nouvelle-Angleterre vinrent en goélettes. Ils pêchaient sur les bancs et séchaient leur poisson sur les plages rocheuses
Finding the Way Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, August 25, 2019
2. Finding the Way Home Marker
The next and last marker on the Harbour Walk isn’t really an historical marker.
des îles Canso.

Par la suite, sur la région devint le centre du commerce du poisson de la Nouvelle-Angleterre. Des soldats construisirent des fortifications sur île Canso. En 1728, le gouverneur Richard Phillips décrivait de 150 à 200 navires ancrés dans le port, près des îles, et 2000 hommes travaillant dans la région. Cette activité prit fin brutalement en 1744 lorsque les Français en garnison à Louisbourg attaquèrent et incendiérent les fortifications et les colonies britanniques qui se trouvaient sur les îles.

Le centre d'entreprétation du lieu historique national de l'île Grassy relate toute l'histoire de cette période.

Left Inset:
On Sept.22, 1776, during the American War of Independence, Captain John Paul Jones sailed the warship Providence into Canso harbour and attacked the fishing fleet. Jones said he captured three fishing schooners. "That night we burned one, sank another and in the morning carried off the third.

Le 22 septembre 1776 la Guerre de l’Indépendance Américaine, John Paul Jones, commandant du navire de guerre Providence, entra dans le port de Canso et attaqua la flotte de pêche. «Ce soir-là nous en avons incendié une, nous en avons coulé une aute et le lendemain matin nous avons emmené la troisème.»
 
Location. 45° 20.241′ 
The Canso Islands from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel
3. The Canso Islands from Marker
N, 60° 59.557′ W. Marker is in Canso, Nova Scotia, in Guysborough County. Marker can be reached from Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canso, Nova Scotia B0H 1H0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where Fishermen Meet/Lieu de rencontre des pêcheurs (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Harbour Traffic/Le traffic du port (about 150 meters away); Welcome to Canso Harbour/Bienvenue au Port de Canso (about 180 meters away); In Memory of Tusker 914 En mémoire de (about 210 meters away); We Heard the News First/Nous étions les premiers à avoir les nouvelles (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Canso (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Canso Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Folklore & Trivia (approx. 18.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canso.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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