Hidden Heritage: Buried Romance in St. Ann’s
From 1629 to the 1821 settlement of Rev. Norman McLeod, St. Ann has a rich and diverse history. Captured here with zest and detail. Author: James Lamb.
Hidden Heritage is the compelling story of 350 years at St. Ann’s Bay – the first “capital” of Cape Breton Island. Here is the site of Captain Daniel’s 1629 fort, the first Jesuit mission to the Mi’kmaq, and of France’s 18th-century Fort Dauphin. The daring Rev. Norman MacLeod brought his Scottish pioneers to settle in 1819. Angus MacAskill, the Cape Breton Giant, lived and is buried at Englishtown. It was here that A.W.R. MacKenzie realized his vision for a Gaelic College over-looking the magnificent St. Ann’s harbor and bay. James B. Lamb writes with an enthusiasm that breathes these ghosts alive. Hidden Heritage is a proud invitation to both the walker and the armchair traveler – and a lasting souvenir of Cape Breton.
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