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Grand Pré

nova scotia town colonists

Grand Pré, historic town in Nova Scotia, Canada, founded by French colonists in 1680. The French settled in Acadia, now Nova Scotia, in 1604 and developed Grand Pré into an enterprising farming community, doing business with neighboring towns. When the colonists refused to pledge allegiance to England, the British burned the town, forcing its settlers into exile. The event is immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Evangeline.

See also: Nova Scotia.

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