Annapolis Royal


The spirit of entrepreneurship was well demonstrated in the early 1800s by Rose Fortune, who ran a baggage-handling business in Annapolis Royal. An eclectic figure, she donned a man’s coat and a white cap, topped by a man’s felt hat. She would transport baggage from incoming boats to any destination around the town. She also had in her possession a small walking stick which she would use should “some ignorant sod” fail to jump instantly out of her way. A well-respected citizen of the town, Rose Fortune is recognized as the first police woman of African descent in North America. Take a stroll down lower St. George Street, the oldest town street in Canada, and listen for the voices of the past. Mind you keep a wary ear open for the footsteps of Rose and be sure to move out of her way! Canadian history was made in Annapolis Royal when a descendant of Rose Fortune, Daurene Lewis, was elected mayor in 1984. Pop into Fort Anne, a National Historic Site, erected around 1629. Source: African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide

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Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S

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