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Made in Cape Breton Island, New Scotland ( Nova Scotia)

During the first half of the 19th century, Cape Breton Island experienced an influx of Highland Scots numbering approximately 50,000 as a result of the Highland Clearances. Today, the descendants of the Highland Scots dominate Cape Breton Island's culture, particularly in rural communities. To this day Gaelic is still the first language of a number of elderly Cape Bretoners.

The island measures 10,311 km? in area (3,981 square miles), making it the 75th largest island in the world and Canada's 18th largest island. Cape Breton Island is composed mainly of rockyshores, rolling farmland, glacialvalleys, barren headlands, mountains, woods and plateaus. Geological evidence suggests that at least part of the island was originally joined with present-day Scotland and Norway, now separated by millions of years of continental drift.

Cape Breton is well known for its fiddle music, pipe music, and dance which was brought to North America by Scottish immigrants. The traditional style has been well preserved on Cape Breton Island, and ceilidhs have become a popular attraction for summer tourists.