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Contributed by Wokwis, an ePodunk user.

July 19, 2008

 Burnt Church got its name because of an attack on a Mikmaw village by the British under the command of Col. James Murray from orders of General James Wolfe on September 17, 1758.
Their mission was to attack and destroy as many Acadien
villages as they can on their way to Quebec to eventually besiege the city and defeat General Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham the following year.

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the site now known as Burnt Church was referred to by the local inhabitants as Esgenoopititj, meaning a place to watch towards the water. Native legend has it that a medicine man predicted the coming of the white man long before it happened in the mid sixteenth century by saying that there would be floating islands with tall trees and white clouds that would enter what is now known as the entrance to the Inner Miramichi Bay in New Brunswick, Canada.

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