Erik Nitsche: Fort Anne/Nova Scotia

Artist: Erik Nitsche
1908 - 1998
Nationality: Swiss
Artwork Year: 1985
Image Size: 12 by 14 inches
Overall Size: 15 by 20 inches
Medium: Mixed Media on Cold Press Illustration Board

Of all the historic sites on the North American continent, one of the most notable is that of Fort Anne at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Even before the Pilgrims had landed at Plymouth Rock, a thriving community of French Acadians had been established on the Annapolis River at a town called Port Royal. New England colonists to the south, alarmed by the privateering attacks on their ships and raids by the Indian allies of the French, tried to destroy the Acadian communities ... particularly Port Royal. To ward off such attacks, a fort was built in 1700 at the junction of the Allain and Annapolis Rivers. However, in 1710, a siege by New England troops and British Marines forced the surrender of the French fort. The conquered town of Port Royal was renamed Annapolis Royal in honor of Queen Anne of England and the fort became known as Fort Anne. The British held the fort against several strong French attacks over a period of forty years. As time passed, Fort Anne's importance declined and the last detachment of troops was withdrawn in 1854. In the late 1800s a group of local citizens obtained government grants to repair part of the crumbling fort and in 1917 the old fort was transferred from the Department of Militia and Defense to the National Parks Service. Thus, Fort Anne became one of the first National Historic Parks in Canada. Today, several surviving buildings and other historic features of the fort have been restored to serve as a reminder of the glorious past of Fort Anne.

This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Canada 34¢ Fort Anne stamp issued June 28, 1985.

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