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A Brief History of Lunenburg
In 1749 handbills were posted throughout Europe encouraging emigration to the New World, and over 2,700 "Foreign Protestants" responded to the offer and emigrated to Nova Scotia. Most came from the Upper Rhine area of present-day Germany, from the French and German-speaking Swiss cantons and from the French-speaking principality of Montbeliard. They arrived in Halifax and remained there under British protection, working on the fortifications in order to pay off the cost of their passage.