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The oldest community in Nova Scotia, Arichat is in the heart of Isle Madame in Richmond County.
Arichat was founded by Charles Robin in 1720. After the fall of Louisbourg in 1758, more than 4,000 Acadians were deported from Ile Royale but 10 Acadian families take refuge at Isle Madame. In 1771, there are 57 families for a total of 284 people.
The Notre-Dame of Assumption Cathedral is completed in 1837. In 1844, Arichat becomes the first episcopal seat east of Nova Scotia and Monsignor William Frazer becomes the first bishop. In 1853, Saint Francis Xavier College is founded before being moved to Antigonish in 1855. In 1856, the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame settle there upon their arrival in Nova Scotia. In 1902, the Daughters of Jesus settle there as well.


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