The Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites – Point of Interest in Amherst, Nova Scotia

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Site in Amherst, Nova Scotia, are Canadian points of interest. Beaubassin is a small Acadian settlement with about 100 people today.

 

Cultural and Historical Background

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Site in Amherst were established in 1750 by Charles Deschamps de Boishébert after the Battle of Beausejour to serve as a centre for Catholic Acadians. The latter was expelled from Beausejour when it fell to the British on 13 October 1755 during the French and Indian War.

The fort at Beaubassin served as an essential outpost for early European settlers until it was abandoned three years later, probably because its water supply was inadequate for such a large garrison. The site's most enduring landmark is Beaubassin's Beaumont-Hamel Tower, a Martello tower built in 1808 and named after the abandoned settlement of Beaubassin.

The Beaumont-Hamel Tower is one of four such towers built along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast by British forces during the Napoleonic Wars to defend against possible attacks by American pirates. Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National in Amherst is a must-see place for anyone visiting Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

Features and Highlights

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Site in Amherst, Nova Scotia, is beautiful with many things to see and do. Some of the features and highlights include:

  • Beaumont-Hamel Tower – a Martello tower built in 1808
  • Acadian settlement with a population of about 100 people today
  • Beaubassin's Beaumont-Hamel Tower
  • Site's most enduring landmark is Beaubassin's Beaumont-Hamel Tower, a Martello tower built in 1808 and named after the abandoned settlement of Beaubassin.

 

History Highlights

Some significant events included are:

  • The Battle of Beausejour in 1755
  • French and Indian War
  • Expulsion of the Acadians from Beausejour in 1755
  • British forces during the Napoleonic Wars to defend against possible attacks by American pirates.

 

Conclusion

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Point of Interest are located in the beautiful landscape of Nova Scotia next to the Bay of Fundy on highway 106 at Beaubasian. It is a great place to visit with many things to do. There are tours of the Beaumont-Hamel Tower, the Catholic Church and Cemetery, and a nature trail. The area also offers some of the best salmon fishing in Nova Scotia. Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National is definitely worth visiting for its history, culture, and landscape. Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National in Amherst is a must-see place for anyone visiting Nova Scotia, Canada.

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