“Moncton’s vital position at the bend of the Petitcodiac River was the reason it became the hub of the Maritimes,” he writes.
The reason why it remains a civic nexus of the region is somewhat more complicated. But Soucoup, a veteran expositor of all things Maritime (he authored, among other works, the best-selling Maritime Firsts), is up to the task of deftly explaining the city’s continuing relevance and success. (Hint: It has to do with attitude and adaptability).
From early settlement and the French expulsion to bridge-building, shipyards, the railway, and the great “Moncton-Monckton what’s-in-a-name” controversy, this volume provides a marvelous introduction to a plucky, continuously resurging Maritime city.
A Short History of Moncton
by Dan Soucoup
$15.95, paperback, 144 pp.
Nimbus Publishing, April 2013