Nova Scotia Road Trip! - 2002

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The city was extremely prosperous due to the demand for salted cod in France — in that country then French Catholics ate no meat on Fridays or Saturdays and of course during Lent. Therefore, fish for 19 million people was a steady necessity. The 2000 people who lived in Louisbourg year-round and the 7000 who lived there during summer months worked hard to supply that need. Some became fairly wealthy, many made more money than they could ever hope to make at home in France, and even the poor probably led better lives than they could have at home. Therefore, soldiering in Louisbourg attracted many a young man and others joined the seasonal trades, going home in winter.

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