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The Wreck of the Auguste, Nova Scotia: An Introduction to a Cartel Ship

Author(s): Aimie Néron

Year: 2014

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The Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) in New France entails the surrender of Montreal, and France finally loses an important territory. The establishment of a British temporary military regime causes the departure of many members of higher social classes from the colony towards the metropolis. In this context of social and political changes, three ships are employed for the journey home of merchants, nobles, military officers and their family to France. However, one of these ships, the Auguste, will never make it to France, for it wrecked near the coast of Cape Breton, Novia Scotia. The study of the material culture of this shipwreck will seek to explore several themes including the modern state and the maritime organization of this particular event. This paper intends to focus on the organization and dynamics involved in the transportation of passengers on board of a cartel ship in times of social, political and economic upheaval in the 18Th- century.

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The Wreck of the Auguste, Nova Scotia: An Introduction to a Cartel Ship. Aimie Néron. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436999)

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America