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Witchcraft in Acadie: The 17th century trial of Jean Campagnard

Government House
51 Woodstock Rd
Fredericton, NB

The 17th century trial of an Acadian man, whose accusers would later end up in Pointe Sainte-Anne, is the focus of historian Stephanie Pettigrew’s presentation in the York Sunbury Historical Society speaker series.

Pettigrew explains that the 1684 trial of Jean Campagnard is a fascinating window into the lives of seventeenth century Acadians.

Campagnard was accused of witchcraft by the residents of Beaubassin, some of whom would end up residing in Pointe Sainte-Anne in later years.

Their testimony sheds light not only on how witchcraft belief was brought across the Atlantic by the French, but many other aspects of their daily lives.

The trial would quickly expand far beyond the reach of the small village of Beaubassin, and the villagers felt the repercussions of French law from the moment their seigneur decided to bring charges against Campagnard.

 All are welcome to this FREE event; refreshments will be served.

 

Jan 16, 2020
7:00PM