Pastel portrait of Joseph Howe in 1851 by T. Debaussy.

As Provincial Secretary from 1860 to 1863, Joseph Howe was in charge of Nova Scotia’s mineral development. Howe famously concluded that the Tangier diggings “are utterly valueless” and the Lieutenant Governor agreed. In Howe’s opinion, “the richest specimen …would scarcely fill a lady’s thimble.”

T. Debaussy
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Tangier, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Dartmouth Heritage Museum, 1968.002.003
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