At the Ocean's Edge: A History of Nova Scotia to Confederation
At the Ocean’s Edge offers a vibrant account of Nova Scotia’s colonial history, situating it in an early and dramatic chapter in the expansion of Europe. Between 1450 and 1850, various processes – sometimes violent, often judicial, rarely conclusive – transferred power first from Indigenous societies to the French and British empires, and then to European settlers and their descendants who claimed the land as their own.
This book not only brings Nova Scotia’s struggles into sharp focus but also unpacks the intellectual and social values that took root in the region. By the time that Nova Scotia became a province of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, its multicultural peoples, including Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African, and British, had come to a grudging, unequal, and often contested accommodation among themselves. Written in accessible and spirited prose, the narrative follows larger trends through the experiences of colourful individuals who grappled with expulsion, genocide, and war to establish the institutions, relationships, and values that still shape Nova Scotia’s identity.
- Series: Studies in Atlantic Canada History
- World Rights
- Page Count: 456 pages
- Illustrations: 24
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.2in x 9.0in
"At the Ocean’s Edge is by far the most comprehensive survey of pre-Confederation Nova Scotian history. Margaret Conrad makes Canadian history come alive on the page in this engagingly written and convincing volume. This is an exceptionally thorough and groundbreaking account of Nova Scotia."
Corey Slumkoski, Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University
"Vigorous, well-documented, extremely well written, and with plenty of depth and detail, At the Ocean’s Edge will find a substantial general readership, while also becoming a frequently cited book in academic circles."
John Reid, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University
Margaret Conrad is professor emerita in the History Department at University of New Brunswick.
Table of contents
1. Ancient History
3. Sixteenth-Century Encounters, 1497–1605
4. Colonial Initiatives, 1605–1670
5. Louis XIV’s Acadie, 1670–1713
6. Contested Terrains, 1713–1749
7. Reinventing Nova Scotia, 1749–1775
8. The Great Divide, 1775–1792
9. Entering the Nineteenth Century, 1792–1820
10. Bluenoses and Britons, 1820–1854
11. Making Progress, 1820–1864
12. Confederation and Its Discontents, 1864–1873
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