Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia

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Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia
Port Royal in Nova Scotia

Port Royal is a Canadian rural community located in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.[1][2]

It is situated on the north bank of the Annapolis Basin approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) downstream from the discharge point of the Annapolis River and the town of Annapolis Royal.

Predominantly a farming community, Port Royal is also a significant tourist destination in Nova Scotia due to being the location of a historic French colonial settlement, commemorated by the Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada which was established in 1925. A replica of the original settlement was constructed by the Government of Canada in 1939-41.

The name Port Royal was officially established for the community by the Geographical Names Board of Canada on March 2, 1950.

Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada, location of the Habitation at Port-Royal which is a replica of the original French colonial settlement.

French settlement[edit]

The original French settlement and capital of the colony of Acadia was named Port-Royal. It was located in the present-day community of Port Royal from 1605 until its destruction by British military forces in 1613. This settlement was rebuilt as a historic replica in 1939-41 by the Government of Canada and is called the Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada. After 1613, France moved the settlement/capital of Port-Royal approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) upstream to the south bank of the Annapolis River at present-day Annapolis Royal (See Port-Royal (Acadia)). This second settlement was seized by British military forces in 1710 as part of the conquest of Acadia and was renamed Annapolis Royal in honour of Queen Anne.

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Coordinates: 44°43′00″N 65°36′13″W / 44.71667°N 65.60361°W / 44.71667; -65.60361