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Nova Scotia

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Date: 1713 to 1867
Location: Present day Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Surname/tag: nova_scotia
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Following the Treaty of Paris in 1713, Acadia passed into British hands as the colony of Nova Scotia. The borders were enlarged in 1755, after continuing conflicts between the British and French, to include the present day province of New Brunswick. After the American Revolution, about 10,000 loyalist refugees settled along the north shore of the Bay of Fundy.

In 1769, the colony of St. John's Island was split from Nova Scotia; followed by the colony of Cape Breton and the colony of New Brunswick in 1784. Cape Breton re-merged with Nova Scotia in 1820. In 1867, Nova Scotia joined Canada as the province of Nova Scotia[1]. The colony of Cape Breton Island had its capital at Sydney on its namesake harbour fronting on Spanish Bay and the Cabot Strait.

In 1820, the colony of Cape Breton Island was merged for the second time with Nova Scotia. This development is one of the factors which led to large-scale industrial development in the Sydney Coal Field of eastern Cape Breton County.

Upon Canadian Confederation, on July 1, 1867, the colony of Nova Scotia, joined Canada as the province of Nova Scotia.


For place names before 1713, refer to the Acadian project, but use "Acadia" or "Acadie" rather than Nova Scotia. Before confederation, do not use "Canada" in Nova Scotia place names, but use Nova Scotia, or Nova Scotia Colony, or Cape Breton, instead.

For example: Chiganois, refers to present day Londonderry / Debert area, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to 1872 Belmont was called "Chiganois", the name taken from the nearby river. It was part of the Onslow Township that received New England Planters in the 1760s after the expulsion of the Acadians. [2]

County names are acceptable, but keep in mind that county boundaries in Nova Scotia changed often, into the 20th century. It might be difficult to use counties accurately in historical place names.


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  1. Wikipedia entry for Cape Breton Island. Accessed 2018.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont,_Nova_Scotia#:~:text=Belmont

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