Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia, Latin for New Scotland, is one of three provinces in eastern Canada that comprise the Maritimes, along with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The first settlers to the area known as the Maritimes were Micmac, who established European trade, largely with the French and English.1 However, a European presence can be traced back to circa 1000 AD, at the Norse settlement now known as L'Anse aux Meadows.2
Novia Scotia is the home to the Mi'kmaq people.3 In 1497, John Cabot landed on Nova Scotia shores, and boatloads of European fishers and explorers plied nearby waters until the establishment of Port-Royal in 1605, which served as a prologue to the Acadian saga.4 Nova Scotia was thereafter a cauldron of trade conflict, immigration, exodus, and political drama. It confederated in 1867 to become one of the first four provinces of Canada. A year later, however, Nova Scotia parliament motioned to refuse the legitimacy of Confederation, but as deep and long as the the anti-Confederation movement ran, it did not in the years that followed gain the political traction necessary for Nova Scotia to shake loose.5
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Prince Edward Island

The Colonial Despatches Team. Nova Scotia. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/novascotia.html.

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