VOICES IN THE FIRE
“Dear God, how many times must we start over?” muttered Matthew Westerby, Loyalist, waiting on the wharf in Port Mouton, the smouldering remains of Guysborough behind him. He and his fellow Loyalists, both Black and White, freed Blacks and household slaves from Georgia and the Carolinas had sought refuge in 1781 in St. Augustine in the still-British Floridas. Within two years, Britain returned Florida to Spain and they were again exiles. The British Navy transported decommissioned regiments and any civilians who wished, to lands in Nova Scotia just in time for winter. Their stay in the new settlement lasted barely six months before fire swept through it, destroying everything. Now they waited for ships to take them to a new settlement on Canso Strait, ...
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