ANNAPOLIS, formerly called PORT ROYAL, a seaport town of Nova Scotia, at the mouth of the River Annapolis, a fine inlet of the Bay of Fundy, 129 miles W. of Halifax. It is the most ancient settlement in this part of North America, having been founded in l604 by De Monts, a Frenchman. Subsequently, in the time of Queen Anne, it was occupied by the British, whence the name of Annapolis, or City of Anne. It was the seat of Government until 1749. Annapolis boasts of one of the prettiest sites in Nova Scotia. It is the western terminus of the W. & A. R., and has daily steam communication with St. John, N.B., distant 63 miles. It contains a telegraph office, a branch bank, a Dominion savings bank, a well furnished reading room and library, a printing office issuing a weekly news-paper, 9 hotels, and about 25 stores. Shipbuilding is largely engaged in. The total number of arrivals at this port for 1872 was 133 (tons 15,354), and clearances 106 (tons 12,557). Total value of imports $42,191; exports $108,793. Pop. 800.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
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