Place:Grand-Pré, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada

Alt namesGrand Présource: Family History Library Catalog
Grand Presource: common misspelling
Les Minessource: collective name of settlements
Minassource: collective name of settlements
TypeSettlement, Village, Community
Coordinates45.105039°N 64.298683°W
Located inKings, Nova Scotia, Canada     (1759 - present)
Also located inAcadie, Nouvelle-France     (1680 - 1713)
Nova Scotia, Canada     (1710 - 1759)



1667 - Area (then known as Nova Scotia) is ceded to France by the treaty of Breda. The French restore the name to Acadie (Acadia in English).

Abt 1680 - Grand-Pré settlement is founded by Pierre Mellanson, an Acadian settler. The farms and the population grow quickly, making Grand-Pré the principal settlement in Acadia. Settlements spread from Grand Pré around the Minas Basin, collectively becoming known as Les Mines or Minas.

By the mid-1680s the population is sufficient to support a church and the parish of Saint-Charles de Mine is formed.

1690 - Acadia is ceded to England.
1697 - Acadia is ceded to France by the Peace of Ryswick.
1710 - Acadia is conquered by England.
1713 - Acadia is ceded to England. The English restore the name of the province to Nova Scotia. There are no formal divisions of the province at this time.

1759 - The province of Nova Scotia is divided into 5 counties. Grand-Pré is located within the newly formed county named Kings (or King's) county.

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Modern description

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Grand-Pré is a Canadian rural community in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Its French name translates to "Great Meadow" and the community lies at the eastern edge of the Annapolis Valley several kilometres east of the town of Wolfville on a peninsula jutting into the Minas Basin surrounded by extensive dyked farm fields, framed by the Gaspereau and Cornwallis Rivers. The community was made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Evangeline and is today home to the Grand-Pré National Historic Site. On June 30, 2012, the Landscape of Grand-Pré was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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