Monday, May 8, 2017

The Raid on Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

One of the most ignored events during the French & Indian War, is the Expulsion of 11,500 Acadians from the present day Canadian Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island —an area then known as Acadia. The Acadians were the descendants of of the original French colonists.
As part of the British military campaign against New France the British first deported Acadians to the Thirteen Colonies, and after 1758 transported additional Acadians to Britain and France.

The result of the Expulsion was the devastation of both a primarily civilian population and the economy of the region. Thousands of Acadians died in the expulsions, mainly from diseases and drowning when ships were lost.

Throughout the expulsion, Acadians and the Wabanaki Confederacy continued a guerrilla war against the British in response to British aggression which had been continuous since 1744.

One such event took place on this date in 1756, it was the Raid on Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Charles Deschamps de Boishébert (also known as Courrier du Bois, Bois Hebert), was a member of the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and was a significant leader of the Acadian militia's resistance to the Expulsion of the Acadians. He encouraged a militia of the Wabanaki Confederacy (Mi'kmaq and Maliseet) to attack a British settlement at Lunenburg. The native militia also raided two islands on the northern outskirts of the fortified Township of Lunenburg, Rous Island and Payzant Island (present day Covey Island). The Maliseet killed twenty settlers and took five prisoners. This raid was the first of nine the Natives and Acadians would conduct against the peninsula over a three year period during the war.

Boishébert also settled 
refugee Acadians during the Expulsion along the rivers of New Brunswick. At what is now, Beaubears National Park on Beaubears Island.

Charles Deschamps de Boishébert

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