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Nova Scotia Tartan

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Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit (One defends and the other conquers)

Nova Scotia's tartan was designed by Bessie Murray, the President of the Halifax Weavers' Guild. She had originally displayed the tartan on the kilt of a shepherd in a panel at a breeders' convention in Truro in 1953, but the design was so admired that it was afterwards used as the province's tartan.  It was registered at the Court of the Lord Lyon in 1956, making it the first provincial tartan in Canada, and officially adopted by the province in the Nova Scotia Tartan Act of 1963. 

Blue is used for the sea; white, for the granite rocks and surf; gold, for the Royal Charter; and red for the lion rampant on the provincial flag.  

Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s three Maritime provinces.  Formerly part of the French Acadia, the British Conquest of Acadia took place in 1710, formerly releasing Cape Breton Island back to the French in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht.  

The capital name was changed from Port Royal to Annapolis Royal, and latterly to Halifax in 1749.  In 1755, the vast majority of the French population was expelled and replaced by New England Planters.  In 1867 Nova Scotia was one of the four founding provinces of the Canadian Confederation.

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