Cape Breton Island

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Cape Breton Island has formed part of Nova Scotia since 1820. Named Île Royale by the French, who built Louisbourg, it was ceded to Britain in 1763. There are French- and Gaelic-speaking communities, coal-mining, and an ailing steel industry. A causeway was built to the mainland in 1955.

Ged Martin