Storied Shores

A.J.B. Johnston

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ISBN: 9781897009000

Storied Shores

  Author:   A.J.B. Johnston    
  Publisher:  Cape Breton University Press

Cape Breton Island has many claims to fame, yet far too few people are familiar with the rich and storied past of the coastal areas of Richmond County.

For centuries the Mi’kmaq, and later the early European explorers and settlers, shortened their journeys between the Bras d’Or lake and the Atlantic Ocean by means of the narrow isthmus at St. Peter’s. This portage area -eventually a canal – became a haul-over road in the mid-1650s. The portage area and the surrounding shores and waterways of Cape Breton were sites of early and prolonged interaction between the French and the Mi’kmaq during a time when dreams of expansion and empire among European nations, met head on with the realities of North America’s aboriginal peoples.

The busy corridor between Chapel Island, St. Peter’s, and Isle Madame was the backdrop for a colourful and intriguing era of our shared histories. Storied Shores presents a history of that time and place – the story of the promise of prosperity and the hope for new lives and the story of the ravages of greed, rivalry, and war.

A.J.B. (John) Johnston is a Canadian historian with many publications that deal with the histories of Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Acadia and Nova Scotia. He is a historian with Parks Canada, based in Halifax.

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ISBN associated with this title: 9781897009000
Item CB0002
PublisherCape Breton University Press
PublisherCape Breton University Press
Published on June 24 2004
Language eng
Pages 144
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight229(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