Some History learned by Grace:
I’ve now shown the contents of the “Time Capsule” less the author’s main subject – The History of Nova Scotia. All of the historical information in the book was drawn from “ Haliburton’s History of Nova Scotia“, which was obviously the teacher’s favourite textbook: “She ought to make you read Haliburton’s History of Nova Scotia, Every Nova Scotian ought to read it.”
Chronological History ‘Taught’ in Little Grace or Scenes in Nova Scotia.
1497 – John & Sebastian Cabot sailed from Bristol with 300 men
1582 (86 years later) – Sir Humphrey Gilbert took possession of Newfoundland in the Queen Elizabeth’s name. On his return trip to England, his ship sank an all aboard perished.
Between 1602-1613 A Marquis came from France with a ship full of convicts, landed on the Isle of Sable, where the convicts were deposited while the Marquis went to explore the coast of Nova Scotia. He encountered a storm and returned to France, stranding the convicts. Grace compares the convicts survival to the story of Robinson Crusoe. Seven years after being left on the island, twelve of the 40 convicts are returned to France.
Between 1609-1611 – DeMonts’ expedition under the authority of the King of France anchored in the Bay of St. Mary with Protestants and Catholics on board Immediate reaction of Grace “Were they English and Irish?” As it turned out they were all French, but this immediate connection to English/Irish problems seems rather familiar even 150 years later: The catholic priest named Daubre, while searching for his misplaced sword, gets lost in the woods, and a protestant member of the party is accused of murdering him. Sixteen days later the priest finds his way out of the woods. Demonts and Pontrincourt return to France before winter to get added supplies.