The Influence of the Planters – Dykeland Agriculture Around the Cobequid Bay

By Kerr Canning

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Dyking Spade used by the Advocate sod cutter Arthur Harrison Morris ( 1878- 1955)

"…… the difficulties of dyke construction and marsh reclamation were not insuperable for those who settled the former Acadian lands after 1755."

Wynn, Graeme. Late Eighteenth-Century Agriculture on the Bay of Fundy Marshlands. Acadiensis, Volume 8 Issue 2 1979, p. 3

The McCurdy Creek Aboiteau on the Glenholme
Salt Marsh. Photo by Linda Giddens 11/4/2010

Page updated 13 June , 2011


The web pages on this site began as a result of a presentation given at the Cobequid Planters 250 Society Conference held at Truro, Nova Scotia on Saturday, June 11, 2011. During the presentation the pages were retrieved from a laptop and projected on to a screen. This method is an alternative to using one of the commonly used presentation software packages and it has the advantage of providing conference attendees with a record, on the web, of important images and text presented during the lecture. Furthermore it allows for the possibility of adding material to the web site at a later date.

Links to presentation topics.

  1. The Study Area

  2. The Agricultural Roots of the New England Planters

  3. Commissioners of Sewers and Dykeland Farming: An agricultural that “depends entirely on co-operative labour”.

  4. Surveyors Maps Showing Cobequid Bay Dykelands

  5. McCurdy Creek Aboiteau on the Glenholme Salt Marsh Salt Marsh

  6. Annotated References for Dykelands and Salt Marshes