Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1831.


§January, 10th: As the agreed upon arbitrator, the King of the Netherlands delivered his decision which was supposed to settle the dispute between the United States and Britain regarding the boundary between New Brunswick and Maine. It was rejected by the Americans and the matter was not settled until 1842.
§The (Old St. Paul's) Burying Ground at Halifax was closed.
§The first British Reform Bill: "... Lord John Russell introduced the Government proposals for parliamentary reform on March 1st, 1831."
§April 27th: The steamship, Royal William, launched at Quebec by the Quebec and Halifax Steam Navigation Company, arrived at Halifax on August 31st. The list of shareholders had three of the Cunard brothers listed: Samuel, Joesph and Edward.
§May 30: A census was carried out in Great Britain.
§October 17th: Halifax Mechanics' Library established.
§November 28th: Seal Island Lighthouse begins operation.
§December 31st: Bank of Nova Scotia organized at Merchants' Exchange Coffee House.
§An epidemic of cholera (1831-3). It broke out in Russia and spread west, arriving in England during the fall of 1831.
§"These were the years of 'The Great Emigration.' In 1831, 58,000 people left Britain for Canada, and in the following year the figure was 66,000."
§In this period (1815-1838) population in Nova Scotia increased from about 75,000 in 1815 to about 200,000. Most of the increase, it is estimated, was natural; 40,000 was due to immigration. The largest number, 22,000, came from Scotland; 13,000 from Ireland; the rest from England and Wales.

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