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Cape Breton Island
state seal

Cape Breton

Entered Confederation
July 1, 1867

The colony of Cape Breton merged with Nova Scotia in 1820. Elizabeth Grant of Glace Bay designed this tartan using a poem that had been written in 1907 by her friend Lillian Crewe Walsh. She incorporated the typical Cape Breton colours described in the poem. "Black for the wealth of our coal mines, Grey for our Cape Breton steel, Green for our lofty mountains, Our valleys and our fields; Gold for our golden sunsets Shining bright on the lakes of Bras D’Or To show us God’s hand has lingered To bless Cape Breton’s shores."

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