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Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax

Jon Tattrie

Hero, or heel. The debate about the life and legacy of Edward Cornwallis comes up a lot on our news and current affairs (which seems odd since the key figure in the debate has been dead for almost three hundred years).

From the Battle of Culloden, and the Pacification of the Highlands, to the founding of Halifax, the life of Edward Cornwallis life crisscrossed European and North American history.

He had a hand in setting the stage for the expulsion of the Acadians and is often noted for his treatment of aboriginal Nova Scotians, which today might be termed a genocide.
Jon Tattrie is an author, historian and investigative journalist and his book Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax looks at the man behind the controversy.

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