Nova Scotia Archives

The Port Royal Habitation

Four Hundred Years of European Settlement in North America

"Unveiling of cairn at Lower Granville commemorating first European settlement in Acadia 1605"


L.M. Fortier, Honorary Superintendent of Fort Anne, spoke on "The First Days of Port Royal in Acadia" and his speech was reported in The Spectator on 21 August. The tablet on the cairn reads:

Site of the first Fort or "Habitation" of Port Royal. Built by the French under de Monts and Champlain, 1605. Attacked and partially destroyed by a British force from Virginia, 1613. Restored and occupied by Scottish colonists, 1629. Laid waste on their retirement from the Country, 1632. Home of the Order of Good Cheer. Birthplace of Canadian literature and drama.

Date: 13 August 1924

Reference:  NSARM Photo Collection: Places: Port Royal, Annapolis County: Cairn