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Retrieval Number: 7922 4b/30
Large and Particular Plan of Shegneckto Bay.
Mount Allison University Archives, Robert Cunningham fonds.
May be reproduced only with permission of the New Brunswick Museum Archives through the Mount Allison University Archives.

Chignecto - Fort Lawrence in 1755.

This map or plan depicts the broader geographic setting of the Tantramar area with an emphasis on the marshes and the settlements located on or adjacent to them. Among the outlying settlements are an Indian village near the present-day site of the Fort Folly Mi’Kmaq Reserve (Dorchester), the Acadian villages at Westqua (Westcock), Memoramkok (Memramcook) and at Tantemar (Middle Sackville). Also shown are the two French forts: Fort Gaspereau on the extreme right side of the plan on “Green or Vert Bay” and at Fort Beausejour. Note the French Blockhouse that was associated with the latter at a point near what would come to be called “Bloody Bridge.”

Particularly interesting is the separation of marsh and upland shown by the graphic rendering of different surface texture or vegetation. Also evident is the large expanse of the upper Cumberland Basin, here called Shegnekto Bay, which shows the segment that revealed itself as “Sands Dry at Low Water.” The very fine writing forming the text along the bottom of the plan describes in detail the British attack on Fort Beausejour.

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