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William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John Brittain, Description of the Settlements in the Provinces of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick , 1784-1785

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: John Brittain, Description of the Settlements in the Provinces of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick
Creator: Brittain, John
Inclusive dates: 1784-1785
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
John Brittain's Description of the Settlements in the Provinces of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick , 1784-1785, provides a detailed account of various settlements throughout the two Canadian provinces, paying particular attention to geography and natural resources.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1955. M-979.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

John Brittain, Description of the Settlements in the Provinces of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

John Brittain compiled geographic and historical descriptions of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for Surrogate General Edward Winslow (1746-1815) between 1784 and 1785. Brittain later became deputy postmaster for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. He died around 1810.


Collection Scope and Content Note

John Brittain's Description of the Settlements in the Provinces of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, 1784-1785, provides a detailed account of various settlements throughout the two Canadian provinces, paying particular attention to geography and natural resources. Pages 1-72 cover Nova Scotia, pages 73-101 cover New Brunswick, and pages 103-106 contain an index to places mentioned within the volume. The account is comprised of Brittain's personal observations, letters from prominent residents within the provinces, and tables showing exports of fish and lumber from various ports. Brittain concentrated primarily on natural resources, with a specific focus on bodies of water and the quality and type of lumber available in each area, but went into further detail about some of the larger settlements and their founders, who were often former British soldiers. The volume provides a clear, thorough description of northeastern Canada just after the American Revolution, and encourages its commercial advantages for future settlers.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Canada--Commerce--Early works to 1800.
    • Canada--Geography.
    • Fisheries--North Atlantic Ocean.
    • Lumber trade--Canada.
    • Natural resources--Canada.
    • New Brunswick--Description and travel.
    • New Brunswick--History--1763-1867.
    • Nova Scotia--Description and travel.
    • Nova Scotia--History--1763-1867.
    Genre Terms:
    • Monographs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    John Brittain, Description of the Settlements in the Provinces of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick [series]:
    Volume   1 Pages   1-72
    Nova Scotia
    Volume   1 Pages   73-101
    New Brunswick
    Volume   1 Pages   103-106
    Index
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Beck, J. Murray. Joseph Howe. Volume I: Conservative Reformer, 1804-1848. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1982.