The Canadian Centenary Series

The Atlantic Provinces 1712-1857

The Emergence of Colonial Society

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Volume IX of the Canadian Centenary Series

Now available as e-books for the first time, the Canadian Centenary Series is a comprehensive nineteen-volume history of the peoples and lands which form Canada. Although the series is designed as a unified whole so that no part of the story is left untold, each volume is complete in itself.

The sea is the basic reality of Canada’s Maritimes. Its influence -- at once a source of wealth and impoverishment, both unifying and divisive -- is the major theme of Professor MacNutt’s book, the first general history of the Maritimes.  Their rich fishing bounty, the harassment of settlers, Loyalist migration, absentee landlords, controversy over free land grants, Protestant-Catholic antagonism, and distressing economic conditions are just some of the factors which made these areas a cockpit of contending forces -- English, French, American. From the often precarious conditions of the Acadians in the highly strategic region of Newfoundland to the tested neutrality of Nova Scotia during the American Revolution, to the slow progress of responsible government in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and the defining of “Liberal” and “Conservative” in Nova Scotia, the history of attraction and repulsion towards New England is one of the fascinating features of Professor MacNutt’s narrative. While not neglecting their particularity, he clearly indicates the common features of the Atlantic provinces’ development.

First published in 1965, Professor MacNutt’s important contribution to the Canadian Centenary Series is available here as an e-book for the first time.