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Between the years 1759 and the late 1760s, roughly 8,000 New England Planters arrived in Nova Scotia (and parts of modern-day New Brunswick). Invited by the English Crown to settle lands vacated after the expulsion of Acadians, the Planters largely originated from the southern New England colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Settling in townships established by the government of Nova Scotia, the Planters adapted to their new home and thrived.


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