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Please submit only sites relating to Annapolis. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Annapolis_Valley/Counties or Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Western_Valley/Counties

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Established August 17, 1759 by Order in Council, Annapolis County took its name from the town of Annapolis Royal which had been named in honour of Queen Anne of Great Britain. By 1833 a number of reasons had been advanced for making two counties out of Annapolis County. Two petitions were presented to the House of Assembly in that year requesting that the county be divided. However, it was not until 1837 that Annapolis County was divided into two distinct and separate counties - Annapolis and Digby.

Please submit only sites relating to two or more localities within the Antigonish county of Nova Scotia. You can find a list of localities that comprise this region here. If the site relates to only one locality, then please submit to the appropriate category of that locality.

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The County of Sydney was created in 1784. Its boundaries were established by Governor and Council on December 16, 1785 When St. Mary's Township was established in 1818 it was partly in Sydney County and partly in Halifax County. In 1822 that part of St. Mary's Township which had been in Halifax County was annexed to the County of Sydney. In 1836 Sydney County was diminished in size when Guysborough County was established out of what had been part of it . In 1863 the name of the County of Sydney was changed to Antigonish County. The word Antigonish is of Micmac origin, possibly derived from Nalegitkoonecht meaning "where branches are torn off". It is said that there were bears in the area that broke down branches to get beech nuts.

Please submit only sites relating to two or more localities within the Cape Breton county of Nova Scotia. You can find a list of localities that comprise this region here. If the site relates to only one locality, then please submit to the appropriate category of that locality.

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Taking its name from Cape Breton, the most easterly point of Cape Breton Island, which was called after either the Bretons of England or the Bretons of Brittany, this county has what is probably the oldest surviving European name to have been used to designate part of North America. By proclamation of October 17, 1763 after termination of the Seven Years War, Cape Breton Island was formally annexed to Nova Scotia. For a time thereafter Cape Breton Island was part of Halifax County. On December 10, 1765 Cape Breton Island was set apart as a separate county. From 1784 to 1820 Cape Breton Island was a separate colony with a Lieutenant Governor and a nominated Council, but without an elected house of assembly. Not until after Cape Breton was reannexed to Nova Scotia in 1820 did it get representation in a house of Assembly. Although subdivided into three districts in 1824, Cape Breton County was co-extensive with Cape Breton Island from 1820 to 1835 when the county was divided into three separate and distinct counties - Cape Breton (Northeastern District), Richmond (Southern District) and Juste au Corps (Northwest District) later called Inverness. In 1851 Victoria County was formed out of part of Cape Breton County and a year later, in 1852, the boundaries of Cape Breton County were redefined.

Please submit only sites relating to two or more localities within the Colchester county of Nova Scotia. You can find a list of localities that comprise this region here. If the site relates to only one locality, then please submit to the appropriate category of that locality.

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The appellation Colchester was applied in 1780 to the district previously called Cobequid, and was derived from the town in Essex England of that name. The old name Cobequid was derived from the Micmac word "Wagobagitk" meaning "the bay runs far up". The District of Colchester which was at first part of Halifax County was established as county in its own right in 1835. In 1838 a distinct line of division between Cumberland County and Colchester County was established. Two years later, in 1840, the Township of Parrsboro was divided and part of it annexed to Colchester County. In 1871, the lines between the Counties of Hants and Colchester and between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester were established. In 1880 the boundary between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester was revised. Eventually in 1897 a portion of the boundary between the Counties of Colchester and Cumberland was fixed and defined. The question of the boundary between Colchester and Cumberland Counties was the subject of a Commission of Inquiry established in 1946. The report was filed in the office of the Provincial Secretary and in the office of the Department of Lands and Forests in January 1959. Certified copies of it were sent to the Registrars of Deeds for the Counties of Colchester, Cumberland and Kings.

Please submit only sites relating to Cumberland. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Northumberland_Shore/Counties

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The name Cumberland was applied by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monckton to the captured Fort Beausejour on June 18, 1755 in honour of the third son of King George II, William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, victor at Culloden in 1746 and Commander in Chief of the British forces. The old Micmac name for the area was "Kwesomalegek" meaning "hardwood point". Cumberland County was created on August 17, 1759. When the Township of Parrsboro was divided in 1840, one part was annexed to Cumberland County and the other part annexed to Colchester. The dividing line between Cumberland and Colchester was established in 1840. In 1897, a portion of the boundary line between the Counties of Colchester and Cumberland was fixed and defined.

Please submit only sites relating to Digby. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Southwestern_Shore/Counties or Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Western_Valley/Counties

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Taking its name from the Township of Digby, which had been named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby who dispatched the Atlanta to convey loyalists from New York in the spring of 1783 to Conway, which became known as Digby, Digby County was established in 1837. Previously, from August 17, 1759, when Nova Scotia was first divided into counties, this area had been part of Annapolis County. Twenty-four years later, in 1861, Digby County was divided into two districts - the District of Digby and the District of Clare.

Please submit only sites relating to Guysborough. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Eastern_Shore/Counties

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Taking its name from the Township of Guysborough, which was named in honour of Sir Guy Carlton, Guysborough County was created when Sydney County (Antigonish County) was divided in 1836. In 1840, the Township of St. Mary's, in Guysborough County, was set off as a separate and distinct District. In 1863 the dividing line between Halifax and Guysborough Counties was altered and a polling district was added to Guysborough County.
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Deriving its name from George Montagu Dunk, second Earl of Halifax (1716-1771) Halifax County was established by Order in-Council on August 17, 1759. The boundaries of four other counties - Annapolis, Kings, Cumberland and Lunenburg -were specifically defined at that time, with Halifax County comprising all the part of peninsular Nova Scotia that was not within their limits. Following the Seven Years War, Cape Breton Island was formally annexed to Nova Scotia. For a time it formed part of Halifax County. The boundaries of Halifax County were modified in 1822. That part of St. Mary's Township (established in 1818) which had been in Halifax County was annexed to and included within Sydney County. The dividing line between the Districts of Halifax and Colchester was confirmed and established on May 3, 1828. In 1835, Halifax County was divided and the Counties of Colchester and Pictou were created out of parts of what had hitherto been Halifax County. Eventually in 1880 the boundary between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester was fixed.

Please submit only sites relating to Hants. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Annapolis_Valley/Counties or Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Minas_Basin/Counties

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County of Hants was created June 17, 1781, consisting of the townships of Windsor, Falmouth and Newport. Ultimately getting its name from the County of South Hampton in England, popularly called Hampshire, and abbreviated to Hants, Hants County was established out of part of what had been Kings County. The words of the minutes of the Council of Nova Scotia for June 17, 1781 make it clear that the distance from Horton (the County town of Kings County) and the inconvenience of crossing the Avon River to transact county business were factors which led to a separate county being formed. Four and a half years later its boundaries were more precisely defined and set forth by the Governor and Council in 1785. The boundary lines of Hants were duly surveyed and confirmed by the Lieutenant Governor 1828. Subsequently in 1861, Hants County was divided into two Districts called East Hants and West Hants.

Please submit only sites relating to Inverness. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Cape_Breton/Counties

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Established as the County of Juste au Corps in 1835, Inverness County was given its present name in 1837. It was called Inverness after Inverness in Scotland, the land from which many of the early settlers came. The boundaries of Inverness County had been previously defined when Cape Breton Island was divided by statute into three Districts in 1823. Inverness County was established within the boundaries of the Northwestern District of Cape Breton Island.

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Formed in August 17th, 1759 the county's northern and eastern boundaries are determined by the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin, and its western and southern boundaries are the counties of Annapolis, Lunenburg, and Hants.

Please submit only sites relating to Lunenburg. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/South_Shore/Counties

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Lunenburg County, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, is famous for its tourist, craft, and forestry industries. In general, sites listed in this category relate to businesses, organisations, and groups with several locations in the county. Named in honor of the monarch, who was then also Duke of Brunswick - Luneburg, Lunenburg County was established in 1759, when peninsular Nova Scotia was divided into five counties. Three years later Lunenburg County was reduced in size when Queens County was established. Following the establishment of Queens County in 1762, Hants County in 1781, and Shelburne and Sydney Counties in 1784, the boundaries of all nine of the counties were defined by the Council of Nova Scotia. By Chapter 52 of the Statutes of 1863 the Township of Chester in the County of Lunenburg was made a separate District for certain specified purposes. That Statute provided authority for the appointment of a Custos Rotulorum and for the establishment of a general sessions of the peace for the District of Chester, with the same powers as if it were a separate county.

Please submit only sites relating to two or more localities within the Pictou county of Nova Scotia. You can find a list of localities that comprise this region here. If the site relates to only one locality, then please submit to the appropriate category of that locality.

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Pictou County was established in 1835. The word "Pictou" is derived from the Mic Mac "Piktook" meaning an explosion of gas. The area which eventually became Pictou County was a part of Halifax County from 1759 to 1835.

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On July 21, 1762 the Lieutenant Governor and Council of Nova Scotia declared that "the Townships of Liverpool, Barrington and Yarmouth together with the intermediate lands should be erected into a county by the name of Queens County". Lunenburg was reduced in size when Queens County was established. In 1784 Queens County was diminished in extent with the establishment of Shelburne County. Shelburne County was cut off from Queens County. The boundaries of the new county and the boundaries of the older county were established by Order-in-Council December 16, 1785.

Please submit only sites relating to two or more localities within the Richmond county of Nova Scotia. You can find a list of localities that comprise this region here. If the site relates to only one locality, then please submit to the appropriate category of that locality.

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Named in honour of Sir Charles Lennox, fourth Duke of Richmond and Lennox, who was Governor General of British North America 1818-1819, Richmond County was created in 1835. Richmond County comprises that territory known as the Southern District which was established in 1824 at the time of the dividing of Cape Breton Island into three districts. The boundaries of the Southern District were defined at the time of its establishment. Those same boundaries were determined to be the boundaries of Richmond County by statute in 1847.

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Named after Lord Shelburne, who was Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1782-1783, Shelburne County was established in 1784. The boundaries of Shelburne County were established by Governor and Council on December 16, 1785. In 1824, at a time when the lines of a number of counties were being cut out and marked, the boundary between Queens and Shelburne Counties was surveyed. In 1836 Shelburne County was divided into two separate and distinct counties with Yarmouth County being formed out of what had been part of Shelburne County. In 1854, Shelburne County was divided into two districts - the District of Shelburne and the District of Barrington.

Please submit only sites relating to Victoria. You can find a list of other localities in Nova Scotia here. If there are multiple locations for this site, consider Regional/North_America/Canada/Nova_Scotia/Regions/Cape_Breton/Counties

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Called after the Queen, Victoria County was established by statute in 1851. Cape Breton County was divided into two counties in that year, with Victoria County being cut off from it.

Please submit only sites relating to two or more localities within the Yarmouth county of Nova Scotia. You can find a list of localities that comprise this region here. If the site relates to only one locality, then please submit to the appropriate category of that locality.

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The name Yarmouth appeared as the name of a projected township in Nova Scotia in a document in 1759, perhaps because it was the name of a favourite of George II. The same name was applied to a new county in 1836 when Yarmouth County was cut off from Shelburne County. The description of Yarmouth County was modified in 1846. In 1856 Argyle was established as a separate district, with the District of Argyle comprising the Township of Argyle.
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