Creator(s): Wallace and Area Museum
The agreement ending the American Revolution, referred to as the 'Treaty of Paris', was officially signed in September 1783. However, it had been officially negotiated during the summer of 1782 and it laid out the principles for peace.
The name, "United Empire Loyalist", is an honorary title given to those people who were refugees of the American Revolution. Almost immediately, following the word about a preliminary agreement, British supporters held meetings and signed petitions for land grants. Many stories are recorded about these brave Loyalists and their dire circumstances. Most of the refugees, that settled in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, had been living just north of the city, in the county of Westchester, New York. Some of these Westchester Loyalists were granted properties in Remsheg, on a 20,000 acre grant property on the Northumberland shore of Nova Scotia, over 80 kilometers' from Fort Cumberland.
It is estimated between 80,000 and 100,000 loyalists migrated from the American Colonies. Approximately 35,000 came to the Maritimes. Of these 35,000 refugees, 239 grants of land were given to families coming to Remsheg.