Pointe Sainte-Anne: the Continuity of a destroyed eighteenth-century Acadian village

Acadiensis

Today’s post is the first in a mulit-part collaboration between the Acadiensis Blog, Unwritten Histories, and Borealia. To see the introduction to this series please click here.

By Stephanie Pettigrew

As I mentioned in the last blog post, today we will be starting with general overview with the history of Pointe Sainte-Anne, the events of 1759, and what we are attempting to achieve with the exhibit at the FRM.

But first, we need to emphasize that the history of Pointe Sainte-Anne obviously does not begin with the French at all, but with the Wəlastəkwiyik. Sainte-Anne (and thereby Fredericton) is located on Wəlastəkwiyik territory, which was never ceded. The first thing we aim to do with our exhibit is disabuse ourselves of the notion that the Acadians always peacefully co-existed with the local indigenous people. They did not. Although Acadians mostly managed to avoid outright war with the indigenous…

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