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 Behind the Bras díOr

"Today, Cape Breton Island and Bras díOr Lake epitomize peace, but the regionís past has seen much cannon fire and swordplay. For centuries, Basque fishermen were based in the area during summers, and they hid this source of rich fish stocks from the rest of Europe. In 1497, Explorer John Cabot claimed the island for King Henry VII, but this didnít prevent the enterprising French from colonizing it."

 (Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
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