European Origins and Colonial Travails: The Settlement of Lunenburg
Edited by Paul and Eva Huber
and 1752, the British recruited about 2700 so-called “foreign Protestant” settlers for Nova
Scotia from Germany, Montbéliard and Switzerland. This was the first organized settlement in
territory that later became part of Canada of people who were neither French nor British. In
1753 – 250 years ago – the majority of these people were resettled, founding what is today a
“UNESCO World Heritage Site”: Lunenburg. After the expulsion of the Acadians two years later
and until the arrival of other immigrants in the 1760s, these settlers made up the largest group
of Europeans in mainland Nova Scotia.
A key aim of the Hubers was to create an appreciation for the background of
these emigrants and what they left behind in their homelands, so a major part of the book focuses
on their European heritage. In 2002, Eva and Paul travelled to 85 European communities that
genealogist Terry Punch had identified as the origins of specific foreign Protestant immigrants.
There they took about 500 digital color photographs of buildings or objects from the 18th century,
such as churches, houses, castles, fortifications, frescoes, or pulpits, that the emigrants
would actually have experienced. About half these pictures are in the book. The book also sketches
the history of many of these villages and towns.
The second major part of the book is a series of edited and shortened articles
by ten different authors about the emigration of the “foreign Protestants”, their initial hardships
and later development in Nova Scotia. Over half these texts is in English, one-twelfth in French
and the rest in German. Contributors include Drs. Terry Punch, Ken Paulsen and Gertrud Waseem.
Some articles are published for the first time; the rest have been edited and reorganized for
the purpose of this book. Material in the various languages overlaps, but in general is not
viii + 192 pages. 8 1/2" x 11" format; high quality binding (by Friesens), 80
lb. matte paper; full colour throughout. Includes a bibliography and a register of names.