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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (A)
Alexander, William


In 1621, King James granted a huge tract of land to his fellow Scot Sir William Alexander, whose charter included not only what is still called Nova Scotia but also much of what was to become Canada and the United States not already occupied by English settlers. This grandiose scheme resulted in two settlements being established, but after only 11 years a treaty gave the Nova Scotia peninsula to the French and the Scots, mere pawns in a game of international diplomacy, had to leave.


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