|French map of Acadia (now Nova Scotia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
While the French were chasing our beavers, the English,
the Scots and even the Dutch were starting to cast lustful eyes at our fish.
And because it teemed with beavers and fish, everybody was
suddenly hot for the area we would now loosely identify as Nova Scotia.
Settled by the French in the early 1600s it was called Acadia.
It actually became a Scottish settlement for awhile after 1621.
And that excited the British no end and got them so puffed up
with testosterone that they sailed down the St. Lawrence in 1629
and captured Quebec City.
Stiff upper lips must have twitched three years later at the end
of the 30 years war when Quebec and Acadia were returned to France.
Fish, meanwhile, had become the Prince William/Kate Middleton
of the late 17th century.
Nobody could get enough of them.
And nobody wanted to share.
With noses severely out of joint over fishing rights taken by the Acadians,a military contingent from New England, marched north and took Acadia once
more for the English king in 1690.
But the British couldn't seem to win.
Acadia was returned to France again seven years later at the end of another
one of Europe's endless wars.
But by then it was the beginning of the 18th century.
(insert rousing chorus of Rule Britannia)
And the tide was about to turn.