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Bob Landry Traditional Cape Breton songs (33) RE: Traditional Cape Breton songs 20 Oct 11


As meself noted, a number of English settlements sprang up on Cape Breton after the treaty of 1763. Louisburg became an English fishing port. The English worked the old French coal mine at Port Morien. Lawrence Kavanagh ended up in St. Peters. A number of merchants from the Island of Jersey set up shop in Arichat, Janvrin's Harbour and other places on Ile Madame. Among their numbers, the brothers John and Charles Robin went to St. Pierre & Miquelon to hire many of my ancestors and bring them back from exile to Ile Madame where they were living in 1771 when father Bailey found them. The Robins also brought a number of employees from across the pond to keep the books, supervise the fishermen and distribute necessities and other supplies to the Acadian fishermen in the tradition of company stores everywhere. Most of the employees went back to England or Jersey after their contracts were done. As for traditional English music, I can't say that I ever heard any while I lived back home.


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