“…if the Micmac chose to resist his expropriation of land, the governor intended to conduct a war unlike any that had been fought in Nova Scotia before. He outlined his thinking in an unambiguous letter to the Board of Trade. If there was to be a war he did not want the war to end with a peace agreement. “It would be better to “root” the Micmac out of the peninsula decisively and forever.”
In response Cornwallis demonstrated how inhuman and ruthless he could be. On October 1, 1749, he called a meeting of Council aboard the HMS Beaufort; the following extract is taken from the minutes:
“That, in their opinion to declare war formally against the Micmac Indians would be a manner to own them a free and independent people, whereas they ought to be treated as so many Banditti Ruffians, or Rebels, to His Majesty’s Government.
“That, in order to secure the Province from further attempts of the Indians, some effectual methods should be taken to pursue them to their haunts, and show them that because of such actions, they shall not be secure within the Province.
“That, a Company of Volunteers not exceeding fifty men, be immediately raised in the Settlement to scour the wood all around the Town.
“That, a Company of one hundred men be raised in New England to join with Gorham’s during the winter, and go over the whole Province…
“…That, a reward of ten Guineas be granted for every Indian Micmac taken, or killed.”
from Daniel Paul – Governor Edward Cornwallis
Let us honour our Ancestors.
Let us go to the place of the Burying of the Hatchet Ceremony – and proceed from there… to root Cornwallis out of our Territories, decisively and forever.