I will be catching up on blog reading in coming days, as I am away from the city at the present and coming back on Wednesday. Be patient with me!
The Post Contact Wars took place as New France was establishing itself in North America. First Nations peoples fought the French, other tribes, or both, jockeying for position. A cabinet was filled with weapons from all sides.
New France would emerge from it all, lasting until the conclusion of the French and Indian War, with populations of French immigrants making a new home in the New World. Artifacts and display panels here examine the story of New France in detail.
These are contemporary made items that you could pick up. The bright red fabric is a sash, often seen being worn by the French-Canadians called voyageurs, the fur traders who penetrated deep into the continent in search of resources. On top of it is an adze, in the Pacific Coast First Nations style, a precision tool used for carving.
The British had their own designs on the New World. They had already established colonies along the Atlantic coast, thirteen of which would throw a temper tantrum in the 1770s. Even before then, in the Maritimes, the stage was being set for a coming conflict between the two rival powers over Acadia. The French and Indian War would bring an end to New France.
For today I leave off with this painting. Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia is a painting from the circle of Samuel Scott, dating to around 1751. The town and harbour changed hands between France and Britain on numerous occasions before the British took it for good in 1710. That didn't quite end things, as for decades to come the town was regularly dealing with First Nations or French attempts to take it back.