Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management – Newspaper collection.
London Gazette, advertisement - government announcement of plans to settle Halifax
March 7, 1749
In the London Gazette, dated 7 March 1748-49, the government’s announcement of its plans for the settlement of Halifax appeared, including the establishment of civil government as in the other American colonies. Instead of relying on interested individuals to bear all the costs of settlement, the government assumed the costs of transportation and settlement with grants of free land to all eligible settlers. This would prove a far more expensive policy than anticipated. However, this decision was largely based on a need to placate New England for Britain’s handing back Louisbourg as a means of reaching a peace with France. See page 2 for the announcement of plans to settle Halifax.
Documents from 1749
Instructions, Lords of Trade to Colonel Edward Cornwallis - authorization to call and recommended composition of an Assembly
Map, Moses Harris - A plan of the Harbour of Chebucto and Town of Halifax