Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Antigonish is a Canadian
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 town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
Antigonish County, Nova Scotia is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It is located in northern Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait and its county seat is the town of Antigonish.-History:...

. The town is home to St. Francis Xavier University
St. Francis Xavier University
St. Francis Xavier University is a post-secondary institution located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The school was founded in 1853, but did not offer degrees until 1868. The university has approximately 5000 students.-History:...

 and the oldest continuous highland games
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 in North America
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The name Antigonish is of Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq language
The Mi'kmaq language is an Eastern Algonquian language spoken by nearly 9,100 Mi'kmaq in Canada and the United States out of a total ethnic Mi'kmaq population of roughly 20,000. The word Mi'kmaq is a plural word meaning 'my friends' ; the adjectival form is Míkmaw...

 origin and is believed to refer to "The place where tree branches are torn off by bears gathering beech
American Beech
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 nuts". The first European settlement took place in 1784 when Colonel Timothy Hierlihy received a large land grant surrounding Antigonish Harbour
Antigonish Harbour, Nova Scotia
Antigonish Harbour is a community and harbour in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Antigonish County, first settled in 1784 by disbanded soldiers loyal to the British side in the American Revolution....

. Hierlihy and his party founded the Dorchester settlement, named for Sir Guy Carleton, who was Governor General of Canada
Governor General of Canada
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 and subsequently Lord Dorchester.