It was in Halifax on July 28th, 1755 that the Nova Scotia Council made the decision to remove every Acadian from the colony. Over the next decade, Georges Island (small island in the harbour) was used as a prison for hundreds of Acadians at a time. The first prisoners were the deputies who pleaded the Acadian cause before the Nova Scotia Council in July 1755.

Lieutenant-governor Lawrence described the island as “the place of most security,” so Acadian partisans who took part in the resistance often ended up there. The facilities on the island were inadequate and living conditions were terrible. The last attempted mass deportation came in 1762 when more than 600 prisoners were shipped to Boston. Massachusetts refused to accept them and the ships returned to Halifax.

The Deportation policy ended in 1764, and the government made sure that the Acadians who resettled Nova Scotia did so in scattered communities. In Nova Scotia, a vibrant, new Acadie lives on in communities such as Clare, Argyle, Chéticamp, Isle Madame, Pomquet.

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