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European Origins and Colonial Travails: The Settlement of Lunenburg

Edited by Paul and Eva Huber

Between 1750 and 1752, the British recruited about 2700 so-called “foreign Protestant” settlers for Nova Scotia from Germany, Montbéliard and Switzerland. This was the first organized settlement in territory that later became part of Canada of people who were neither French nor British. In 1753 – 250 years ago – the majority of these people were resettled, founding what is today a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”: Lunenburg. After the expulsion of the Acadians two years later and until the arrival of other immigrants in the 1760s, these settlers made up the largest group of Europeans in mainland Nova Scotia.

 

A key aim of the Hubers was to create an appreciation for the background of these emigrants and what they left behind in their homelands, so a major part of the book focuses on their European heritage. In 2002, Eva and Paul travelled to 85 European communities that genealogist Terry Punch had identified as the origins of specific foreign Protestant immigrants. There they took about 500 digital color photographs of buildings or objects from the 18th century, such as churches, houses, castles, fortifications, frescoes, or pulpits, that the emigrants would actually have experienced. About half these pictures are in the book. The book also sketches the history of many of these villages and towns.

 

The second major part of the book is a series of edited and shortened articles by ten different authors about the emigration of the “foreign Protestants”, their initial hardships and later development in Nova Scotia. Over half these texts is in English, one-twelfth in French and the rest in German. Contributors include Drs. Terry Punch, Ken Paulsen and Gertrud Waseem. Some articles are published for the first time; the rest have been edited and reorganized for the purpose of this book. Material in the various languages overlaps, but in general is not translated.

 

 

viii + 192 pages. 8 1/2" x 11" format; high quality binding (by Friesens), 80 lb. matte paper; full colour throughout. Includes a bibliography and a register of names.

 

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