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Charles Lawrence
Charles Lawrence

Charles Lawrence was born in England on December 14, 1709. He was a career soldier who first came to North America in 1729 and by 1754 had risen to the rank of Lieutenant-Governor and of Governor two years later. It is he who wrote the deportation order and received the cooperation of Shirley, the Governor of Massachusetts, to have it carried out.The main reasons for the deportation were that Lawrence feared that the common links of language and religion that bound the Acadians and the French together, or yet still an alliance between the Acadians and Micmacs, would be the cause of a British defeat in Nova Scotia. Complicating this scenario was the Acadians' refusal to sign an unqualified oath of allegiance to the British Crown. Lawrence died in 1760.

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