Saturday, September 25, 2021

An Open Warfare

 A large display combining text and imagery pre-dates the French and Indian War. Edward Cornwallis, governor of Nova Scotia from 1749-52, initiated hostilities and a policy of extirpation against the Mi'kmaq peoples. 

The long standing tensions between the English and the French would come to a head between 1754-63 in what came to be called the French and Indian War. Elsewhere it was known as the Seven Years War. Churchill would characterize it as the first true world war, since it raged across the globe.

One of the artifacts of the era is the cloak of a commanding British general.

It proved somewhat of a challenge to photograph.

Four paintings are side by side here, from the era, done when four Indigenous leaders went to London to meet Queen Anne. Four Kings Of Canada are done by John Verelst. 

This painting is by J.C.S. Schaeck, done around 1766, titled General Wolfe At Quebec. It occupies one end of a large display case. His French counterpart, who I'll show tomorrow, is at the other end of the case.

In between them are weapons of the era.


  1. The injustices against the original inhabitants are shocking, even after we've known about them for a long time.

  2. Sad history. If only humans will learn from history.

  3. I was surprised to find the name Mi'kmaq in your story. I wonder if this word was taken into the German language as Mickmack, which means "don't make such a mess" (Mickmack)

  4. I can't help but wonder why political leaders ever think "I know lets have a war; that's bound to sort things out. It worked a treat last time".

  5. @Linda: all too true.

    @Italiafinlandia: me too.

    @Nancy: if only.

    @Gattina: doubtful, but an old tribal name.

    @John: it's typical.

  6. É realmente chocante as injustiças contra os habitantes naturais.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

  7. ...warfare never seems to change, just the weapons.

  8. Los cuadros de la época, refleja el modo de vestir de la población. Además de buenos cuadros, son un buen testimonio gráfico, en la historia de esa ciudad.

  9. You do a great job of photographing the displays. I always get reflections.

  10. @Francisco: thanks.

    @Tom: all too true.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Marie: sometimes it requires an angled shot.

    @RedPat: appropriately so.

  11. They really didn't like each other in those days. they would fight over anything to do with money.

  12. Wars make for good museum displays ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. War just complicates everything.

  14. Sometimes it seems we humans can't survive without a war going on somewhere.

  15. I learn a lot about Canada from you. Thank you!

  16. @Red: there were centuries of bad blood.

    @Carol: definitely.

    @Bill: it does.

    @Sharon: it seems that way.

    @Jeanie: you're welcome.

  17. Those long barreled guns are an amazement.

  18. I do like the painting of 'General Wolfe At Quebec'.

    All the best Jan

  19. War is the most unconscious of all human behaviours, so sad that we never appear to learn from the devastation war brings.

  20. When I look at those weapons, I am almost astounded by how much the world has changed in the subsequent ~2.5 centuries.

  21. Wow amazing items, especially enjoy seeing their coats, and the things they wore back in the day. Thanks for sharing just interesting things. Enjoy your weekend.

  22. I find it tough seeing the evidence of the white settlers. Such arrogance in taking over a continent.

  23. It is necessary to know the past to avoid the same errors on the future.

  24. It's a shame that disagreements so often lead to wars

  25. @Maywyn: they are.

    @Jan: me too.

    @Gemel: we don't.

    @Anvilcloud: much has.

    @Karen: you're welcome.

    @Jennifer: that is true.

    @MDP: it is, yes.

    @Joanne: you're welcome.

    @Jan: such is the case.