At their parish church at Grand Pré, a group of Acadian men (418) were officially told by Lieutenant Colonel John Winslow that they and their families were all being deported from the area. On July 28, the Nova Scotia Council had officially announced that the British Crown was removing all Acadians from
Nova Scotia. The “first wave” of the deportation orders began on August 10 at Chignecto, after the Battle of Beauséjour. Later orders followed at Grand Pré (location of the largest of the Deportations, totalling 2,700 people — first on October 8, then again in late October), next at Piziquid (Windsor/Falmouth) and lastly at Annapolis Royal on December 8. There were further deportations in November at Memramcook. In 1758, a second wave of deportations occurred at Louisbourg, Petitcodiac
River, Restigouche, Saint John, Île St. Jean (PEI) and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In 1761, a further group were deported from Halifax. Before all these deportations, the Acadian population was estimated at 14,000. Over 11,500 were deported, with 2,500 remaining. Some did go into hiding, escaping to Quebec or hidden among the Mi’kmaq, while others were allowed to stay and repair dykelands that had been damaged by storms.