Ancient Land, New Land

A. J. B. Johnston, Jesse Francis,

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ISBN: 9781773660707

Ancient Land, New Land

Skmaqn - Port-la-Joye - Fort Amherst National Historic Site of Canada

  Author:   A. J. B. Johnston, Jesse Francis,  
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

Skmaqn — Port-La-Joye — Fort Amherst National Historic Site reflects on a place that helped shape and define Prince Edward Island, offering a history of the site and explaining its importance to three distinct peoples.

For the Mi?kmaq, Skmaqn was and is part of their ancient and ongoing traditional territory of Epikwitk.

For the Acadians, Port-la-Joye was a new home and the scene of great tragedy.

For the British, Fort Amherst was a place where another chapter of colonization began.

This history speaks to nation-wide and universal themes: Indigenous-settler relations and the challenges of newcomers adapting to a new land. The story presented in these pages is a witness to the struggle of refugees, the desire to plan and build, the destruction of war, and, throughout, the resilience and resolution of the human spirit.

“As the location of the first formal settler – Mi’kmaw interaction and relationship-building on our Island, it marks a before-and-after moment, a turning point in our history.” — Chief Darlene Bernard, Lennox Island First Nation, Co-chair, Epekwitk Assembly of Councils.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781773660707
Item AC0191
PublisherAcorn Press
PublisherAcorn Press
Published on December 1 2021
Language eng
Pages 0
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 7(in)
Shipping weight398(g)
A. J. B. (John) Johnston is the author or co-author of twenty-one books: sixteen on different aspects of the history of Atlantic Canada and five novels. The Canadian Historical Association awarded a Clio prize to his Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg's Last Decade, and Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island was selected in 2014 as the best published Atlantic book. John was made a chevalier of France's Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of his many publications on the French presence in Atlantic Canada. He lives in Halifax with his wife Mary. For more information, please visit

Jesse Francis works in a partnership position for the Prince Edward Island Mi’kmaw organization L’nuey and Parks Canada. He has managed or contributed to a wide range of projects in the fields of history, heritage and culture, and ecology and conservation. This book is the second co-authored by Jesse and John. Their first, Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, won several awards including the 2014 prize for that year’s best Atlantic-Canada-published book. He lives in Wellington, Prince Edward Island with his wife Moira and their three children.