1.  The fishing industry in the Canadian Maritime Provinces and New England has a long history and is currently facing many serious difficulties and complicated legislation. 

a..  Compare the life of a fishing family in two or more of the following centuries: 17th, 18th, 19, 20, 21st centuries.

b.  Explore the importance of fishing, clamming, lobstering in the economy of the Maritime Provinces.

c.  Examine how the technology of the fishing industry has changed in the Maritime Provinces and in New England.

d.  Describe a day in the life a fisherman.

e.  Examine solutions to over-fishing the coastal areas and loss of fishing jobs.


2.  Lighthouses have planned a pivotal role in the safety of ships and sailors in the Maritime Provinces and New England (as well as the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake Bay and many other oceans and lakes.)

a.  Describe the day in the life of a lighthouse keeper and his family.

b.  Contrast the technology of the “light” and the tools of the lighthouse and its human or mechanical ‘keepers’ in two different centuries.

c.  Narrate a rescue story of a wrecked or disabled ship in Nova Scotia or New England.

d. Using photographs and sketches of lighthouses, examine the architecture of a variety of lighthouses.

e.  Discuss the efforts made to preserve lighthouses in Nova Scotia or New England.


3.  Pirates and Treasure Hunting have been a favorite theme of books and films. 

a.  Trace the 200 year search for the Oak Island Treasure in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and the millions of dollar invested.

b.  Establish the difference between legal privateering and pirating in Nova Scotia.

c.  Research one or more famous privateers and pirates.

d.  Examine facts and legends about pirates.

e.  Research the crimes and punishments of pirates.


4.  Ships and boats have been a major part of the economy, history, and recreation of Nova Scotia.

a.  Show the relationship between the decline of wooden ships and the Nova Scotian economy.

b.  Donald McKay, originally of Nova Scotia, (ancestor or author Cathy Eaton) designed and built clipper ships.  Research their use in taking eager prospectors to the California gold rush in 1849.

c.  Find photographs or drawings of different types of ships or boats important to Nova Scotia and discuss how and why they were used: i.e. the Bluenose, the Tall Ships, Schooners, Fishing boats, brigantines, clipper ships, and lobster boats.



RESEARCH TOPICS FOR

        THE CURSE OF THE PIRATE’S TREASURE