October 19th – November 3rd, 2019
SCAFFOLD: The Building and Re-building of Halifax
Halifax's early settlement by the British was a response to the activities of another European power, France, as the two colonial powers vied for control of North America and its natural resources, especially the fish. Starting in 1605, the French (Acadian) settlement of Port Royal on the Annapolis Basin, indicated the European interest in settling and exploiting the area. This follows the pattern of human expansion across the globe since early man spread-out from the area around the Olduvia Gorge in Eastern Africa, to settle areas around the Eastern Mediterranean, and in successive waves to other parts of Africa, Europe and Asia. The ancestors of the local Mi'kmaq are believed to have gradually moved from Western North America after crossing the Bering Strait from Asia to North America.
We are showing prints of buildings in Halifax built the 19th Century. They show the development of construction techniques as the century progressed. We also have 18th Century maps, published in both France and the UK, which record the progressive territorial claims of the two colonial powers, until the British finally took control and became the principal colonial power controlling Nova Scotia.
We have a rich history consisting of different strands which have been wove into a tapestry that is still a work in progress.