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Annapolis Royal in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

The Black Hole

Le cachot

 
 
The Black Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
1. The Black Hole Marker
Captions (English / French): (top) The Black Hole before restoration. / Le cachot avant sa restauration.; (bottom photo) The Black Hole after restoration. / Le cachot après les travaux de restauration.
Inscription. English
The French built this powder magazine into the earthworks of their new fort in 1702. Both the French and the British used it to store gunpowder. In the early 1800s, it was used briefly as a prison or “Black Hole.”

In the 1890s, local citizens who were concerned about the dilapidated state of Fort Anne won a grant from the Government of Canada to restore this magazine.

French
En 1702, les Français construisent cette poudrière dans les remblais du nouveau fort. Elle sert aux Français et aux Britanniques pour entreposer la poudre à canon. Brièvement au début des années 1800, on s’en sert comme prison; l’endroit est alors aussi appelé un cachot.

Dans les années 1890, des gens de la localité, préoccupes par l’état délabré du fort Anne, obtiennent une subvention du gouvernement du Canada pour restaurer la poudrière.
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location. 44° 44.499′ N, 65° 31.173′ W. Marker is in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, in Annapolis County. Marker can be reached from St. George Street just from St. Anthony Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Black Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
2. The Black Hole Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flag Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Port-Royal (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Vetch (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen’s Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Captures of Port Royal (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fort Anne, a Bastioned Fort (about 90 meters away); Sieur de Monts (about 90 meters away); Daniel Auger de Subercase (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis Royal.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Fort Anne National Historic Site.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Black Hole image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
3. The Black Hole
The Black Hole image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
4. The Black Hole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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