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Pictou was located on the "Philadelphia Plantation," an 81 ha tract granted to 14 Scots proprietors and settled desultorily since Most who accepted this offer came from Loch Broom in Ross and adjacent areas of Sutherland, principally from lands administered by the Board of Forfeited Estates.
They were tenants fleeing high rents and bad harvests rather than clearance for sheep, and were not by Highland standards poor.
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With a piper , the party left Loch Broom in early July , collecting a few people on Clydeside along the way. The voyage was difficult: 18 children were buried at sea before the passengers stepped ashore into the Nova Scotia wilderness on September Complaining about the location of their lands, the settlers were denied provisioning unless they accepted the land offered. They seized the provisions by force, and many left the settlement.
The 78 who remained were producing crops by and within a few years were welcoming other immigrants. Although the Hector is popularly regarded as the first vessel to bring Highland immigrants to what is now Canada, several other ships including the Falmouth and the Alexander had previously carried Highlanders to the Island of St John Prince Edward Island. Nevertheless, the Hector's voyage remains the most celebrated in the stories of early Highland settlement in British North America.
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