1749 Foundation of Halifax

Historical period: The Beginnings

A few days after Cornwallis arrived in Chebucto (Halifax) Harbour in June of 1749, two hand pumped fire engines were unloaded from his ship, the Sphynx, so the potential for fire was on the authorities' mind right from the settlement's planning phase up to its inception...


(Source: Edward Cornwallis' ship manifest)

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