With encouragement from Michael Francklin (lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia from 1766 to 1772), the Mi’kmaq restored their celebrations of Saint Aspinquid, in what became Point Pleasant Park in Halifax. It was an annual festival of old times, now lost, that recognized a faithful Mi’kmaq chief named Aspinquid (Aspenquid) who had converted to Catholicism. Saint Aspinquid appeared in the Nova Scotia almanacs from 1774 to 1786. The festival also has its roots in the Mi’kmaq Old Spring Feast, which was celebrated on or immediately after the last quarter of the moon in the month of May, when the tide was low. There was a Saint Aspinquid’s Chapel and a burial ground associated with the area. In the 1750s, Michael Francklin had been a prisoner of the Mi’kmaq, and over six months in captivity he learned some of the rudiments of their language and their culture.