THIS WEEK IN history
– March 22, 1740 – Paul Mascarene arrives from Boston and is appointed President of the Council of Nova Scotia (including present-day New Brunswick). He remains in office at Annapolis Royal until the arrival of Edward Cornwallis at Halifax in 1749. – March 23, 1672 – Nicolas Denys’ two-volume “Geographical Description and Natural History of the Coast of North America” , written in Nepisiguit (Bathurst), is published in Paris (France). – March 25, 1820 – The Bank of New Brunswick is the first bank incorporated in Atlantic Canada. It begins operations on Prince William Street in Saint John, with an initial capital of £50,000. – March 25, 1965 – The New Brunswick flag is flown for the first time. – March 27, 1845 – Albert County is established out of Westmorland County, with Hopewell as the Shire Town. – March 27, 1855 – The Liquor Prohibition Bill is passed in the Legislative Assembly. This unpopular law takes effect January 1, 1856 and is repealed six months later, after Tilley’s “Smasher Government” loses the provincial election. Courtesy of the New Brunswick Heritage Branch, Wellness, Culture and Sport.