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About Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

A panorama of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg (2006 population: 2,317) is a Canadian port town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia located at the western side of Mahone Bay on the province's South Shore on the North Atlantic. The town is approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of the county boundary of the Halifax Regional Municipality, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. The approximate drive times to Lunenburg: 

Who Were the Foreign Protestants?

For over a hundred years, Lunenburg was a Mi’kmaq / Acadian village named Mirligueche. Originally a Mi'kmaw encampment and clam harvesting site, Acadians under the command of Isaac de Razilly established kinship and trade relations with the local Mi'kmaq and settled among them in the first half of the seventeenth century. A 1688 census indicates there were 21 at Mirliguèche (ten Europeans and 11 Mi‟kmaq), in one house and two wigwams, with half an acre under cultivation. In 1745 there were reported to be only eight settlers in the village.

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