It's been a while since I've posted a MOC on my page. Got married, got transferred at work, moved to a new house and had a second child. Boy time flies! So I guess I was due for another build. I had fun with this one, doing a bit of research to get it right.
About this creation
A bit of Canadian history. In 1755, Brigadier-General Charles Lawrence (then Governor of Nova Scotia) ordered the deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia (formerly Acadia). One of the most populated sites was Grand Pré.
The British officers promised for the families to be loaded on the same transport vessels, but circumstances and tensions made so that the Acadians had to be loaded quickly and the majority of the families were separated amongst the vessels. The men were in one vessel and women and children in another. It was tragic enough to be expelled from their land, but even worse to be separated from their families.
The Acadians were first told that they could bring their furniture and livestock, only to find out that they couldn't. They were overcrowded in the transport vessels' cargo hold. Conditions during the transportation were very poor. It is estimated that from a population of 12000-18000, approx 7500-9000 between 1755 and 1763 died as a result of the deportation or trying to flee.
It was a bit challenging to design half-vessels with regards to scale for overall fitting on the baseplate.
Seen in the next photo is a dike. Developed in the 1640s by the Acadians, this agricultural feature was fitted with a clapet that was forced shut by the rising tide and pushed open as the tide fell. This enabled the Acadians to reclaim the low lands for agriculture and using the rich sea water to feed the fields. I tried to reproduce the rocky shores of the Bay of Fundy with its brownish shoreline and cliffs. Tides in the Bay of Fundy can vary by up to 50 feet in approx 6 hours, which means that tall ships could only approach the shore at high tide, making logistics and planning difficult.
The Mikmaq, local native tribe, had a great relationship with the French Acadians. They supported the Acadians greatly during this difficult time. Here the local chief and wife carry a basket of fruits to the Acadians as a gesture of gratitude for their friendship and economic ties.