New Brunswick


New Brunswick

geographical name

Province, eastern Canada, one of the three Maritime Provinces. Area: 28,150 sq mi (72,908 sq km). Pop. (2009 est.): 748,319. Capital: Fredericton. Bordered by the U.S. and the Canadian province of Quebec, it lies on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait (east) and the Bay of Fundy (south); it is connected with Nova Scotia by the Chignecto Isthmus. Fredericton is home to the University of New Brunswick (founded 1785). New Brunswick was part of the original Acadia; it was colonized by the French in the 18th century, then captured by the British, who expelled the French-speaking Acadians in 1755 and incorporated the area into Nova Scotia. After the American Revolution, some 14,000 loyalists from the U.S. settled there. As a result of this large influx, it was separated from Nova Scotia, and the province of New Brunswick was established in 1784. In 1867 it became an original member of the Dominion of Canada. Forests cover about four-fifths of the province, whose major cities include Saint John and Moncton. Forestry, mining, and commercial fishing are important industries.

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