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Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 1680 - First Settlers of Grand Pre


Grand-Pré, French for "large meadow", was first settled around 1680 when Pierre Melanson dit La Verdure, his wife Marguerite Mius d'Entremont and their five young children left Port-Royal to escape the perils of living in the capital of a colony constantly in conflict.

Grand-Pré is on the shores of the Minas Basin, which even today is renowned for its tidal marshlands. Melanson and those who joined him built dikes to hold back the tides along the basin, creating rich pastures for their animals and fertile fields for their crops.

Grand-Pré soon outgrew Port-Royal, and by the mid-18th century was the largest of the many Acadian communities around the Bay of Fundy and the coastline of Nova Scotia. The Minas area was the bread basket of the colony. The Acadians prospered.

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Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia)

Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia)

Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia)

Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia)

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