As you will recall from above, the settlers were promised
50 acres of land per family plus more per member.
This was before anyone knew where they would be sent
and what the constraints of geography might impose.
This shows the terrain.
The LaHave River is clearly visible in the lower left quadrant.
Bridgewater is at the left end of the river.
Lunenburg is to the right of centre.
Mahone Bay is at the end of the bay near the top centre.
The best the surveyors were able to do in 1753-4
was to lay out sufficient 30 acre lots
in the green areas to satisfy the demand.
Later (1763-6) 300 acre lots were given out in the pink areas
so most of the original promises were met.
What was happening throughout eastern “Canada” at this time?
The settlers out on their 30 acre lots
were under constant threat of attack by the natives,
who were egged on by the French.
England and France were again/still at war.
Louisbourg was again captured by the British in 1758 and totally destroyed.
The biggest event was a 30 minute battle
fought on the Plains of Abraham 13 Sep 1759 just out side Quebec City.
The French were led by General Montcalm.
He was killed in a losing cause.
Note some technical inaccuracies:
palm trees do not grow in Quebec.
The British were led by General Wolfe,
who up until this time had lost
just about every battle he fought in.
This time he finally won.
But he died anyway.
The native in the foreground must have been a spy
- they fought on the French side.
A benefit of the British victory was the signing of a peace treaty
with the natives and settlers could live in security
out on their 30 acre farm lands.
In this aerial picture, we have Lunenburg at the bottom,
First Peninsula in the middle, and Second Peninsula at the top.
Note, some of the original lot lines are still visible 250 years later.
Andreas JUNG’s lot is shown.
This land is still in the hands of the YOUNG family.
The view of Prince’s Inlet from Andreas’ land grant.
The trees in the foreground have grown up over the past 50 years.
Herman’s Island (Big and Little)
are across the Inlet to the left with the Lunenburg Yacht Club visible.
Bachman’s Island is to the right and is where I swam for the first time.
Far out to sea on the right you may be able to see Tancook Island.
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(Memoirs of two weeks in Germany, Montbeliard, France and Northern Switzerland
on a Genealogical trek to discover roots.)