The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal

Nova Scotia, Canada - FOUNDED 1919

Co-Publisher's Note

The stately Victorian homes and majestic elms that line St. George Street in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, suggest the grandeur and importance of the town's past. To understand fully the significant role Annapolis Royal has played in Canadian history, we must journey back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries -- a period of exploration, early settlement, and struggle for empire in North America. The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal is fortunate and proud to have retired Parks Canada historian Brenda Dunn, a recognized authority on Annapolis Royal, lead readers in a discovery of this rich and colourful past.

Many words have been written about the Port-Royal Habitation, the Mi'kmaq, the Scots, the Acadians, the Planters, the Loyalists and their connection with Annapolis Royal. This history is so long and complex, however, that until now no one has chronicled the whole story in one volume. With insightful anecdotes, new research, powerful images, and attention to detail, A History of Port-Royal/Annapolis Royal 1605-1800 carefully examines the major events, battles, treaties, fortifications, and historic figures connected to the national context of our history, interweaving them with details of life in Annapolis Royal.

Cover: "View of the Town and fort of Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia taken on the Spot by Capt. J. Hamilton of His Majest's 40th Rest. of foot" circa 1753, two years prior to the Acadian deportation.

The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal and all lovers of Canadian history are indebted to Brenda Dunn for showcasing the town as a significant player on both the national and the world stage during these two centuries. This book, published by Nimbus Publishing, is the standard against which all other books about Annapolis Royal will be judged, and is the major contribution of the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal to the commemoration of four hundred years of European settlement in the area.

Step back in time. There is something in this book for everyone.

Alan Melanson
Historical Association of Annapolis Royal

P. O. Box 659, AnnaPolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada B0S 1A0