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Vol. 14 No. 1 (2022): The Acadians and Wəlastəkokewiyik of the Wəlastəq/ Rivière Saint-Jean and other “Shared Spaces”

Pointe Sainte-Anne: A History of Acadians on the Saint John River

June 19, 2022


In 1759, a brutal event occurred in the area now known as Fredericton. A company of rangers led by Moses Hazen raided the Acadian village of Pointe Sainte-Anne, scalped women and children who were over-wintering in the area until the snow melted enough for them to flee north to Quebec. Yet the historical narrative of the area has only passing mention of the Acadian presence in Fredericton. This article re-centres the French presence on the Wolostoq River, their role in maintaining alliances with the Wabanaki, and the displacement and upheaval caused by the imperial contests between Britain and France.