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It was in December 1729 that the governor Phillipps asked the men of age 15 and over that lived along the Annapolis River (Dauphin River) to sign the oath of allegiance.

The next spring, Phillipps went in the establishments located near Grand-Pré, Pigiguit (Windsor), Cobequid (Truro) and Beaubassin. The men pledged loyalty to the British with their signature on the document that Phillipps carried with him. If they did not know how to write, they made a mark next to their name (most of the time a cross rather than an X). Without

Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles, Partie de l'Amérique Septent? qui comprend la Nouvelle France ou le Canada, 1755. Bibliothèque nationale du Québec.

any compromise with his superiors in Great Britain, Phillipps promised the Acadians they wouldn’t be asked to fight against France or the Micmacs.

The evolution of the education system in the acadian villages within the province shows that the authorities wanted the french children to integrate to the dominant culture rapidly. In other words, the objective of the education system was assimilation. The Commission that was established made the following recommendations : bilingual classes were to be offered only during the summer in a normal school in Truro with the objective of having a special formation, an inspector for the acadian school should be elected, french texts would be prepared, and english would become the only language of instruction only after grade five.

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