19th century engraving of a river running through marshland, showing cattle crossing a bridge and haying in the background.

Dyking the Tantramar marshland provided the 18th century Acadian settlers with productive farmland. They harvested hay, a variety of crops, and especially cattle! As with their Mi'kmaq friends, they had little need for factories to provide carts, pungs or boats.

Picturesque Canada
Leslie Van Patter, Paul Bogaard, Adèle Hempel
18th Century
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