OTD: Charles Lawrence expels Acadians

On today’s date in 1755, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Charles Lawrence sent instructions to Colonel Robert Monckton to expel the Acadians.

Three years later, in 1758 – in the middle of the bloody expulsion of the Acadians – Lawrence convened the first meeting of the Nova Scotia Legislature in the Halifax Court House. The legislature sat until April 11, 1759 and was dissolved later that year on Aug. 13. Its members had been elected in the 1758 election, the first popularly elected Parliament in Canadian history.

In 1958, Canada Post issued a five-cent stamp (Scott #382) featuring the mace and the speaker’s chair. The stamp was released to mark the bicentennial of the first House of Representatives, which met in Halifax. Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, the slate-blue stamp had 12 perforations.

The Acadians generally left France to settle in Louisiana, which was then a colony of Spain, or returned to British territories if they took an oath of allegiance.

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