Hants County, Nova Scotia

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Hants County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia which was the home of Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Alden Nowlan and Noel Doiron. The county of Hants was created June 17, 1781, and consisted of the townships of Windsor, Falmouth and Newport. Originally getting its name from the County of Southamptonshire in England, now known as Hampshire, and abbreviated to Hants, the County was established out of part of what had been Kings County.[3] Subsequently in 1861, Hants County was divided into two Districts called East Hants and West Hants.

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History

18th century - origins

Mi'kmaq

The Mi'kmaq are the aboriginal people who lived on these lands for centuries. The Mi'kmaq became Catholic and therefore played an active role in the Acadian resistance to protestants taking over the area. They were clearly supporters of Abbe LeLoutre's work in protecting Acadian and Mi'kmaq and ultimately Catholic interests in the region. Within Hants County, they fought in the Battle at St. Croix on the St. Croix River.

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