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If residents dwelling within the town of North Sydney Cape Breton were asked to share their understanding of the towns historical past chances are that many peoples knowledge would be limited A large number of people may not be aware of the rich history the town itself has spanning over approximately 217 years One aspect of the community which most people would find impossible to overlook is the towns port It has been a vital asset to the town and without it North Sydney wouldnt be where it is today It was through this port that consumption goods arrived for the first 100 years of the towns development as there was no internal production at the time Though many people acknowledge the existence of the towns primary industry many arent aware of the instances and events which shaped not only the industry but also the town itself In uncovering the past of North Sydney many would admit that its a past worth being celebrated After capturing Louisburg from the French for the second time in 1758 the Treaty of Paris allowed Great Britain to seize control of Cape Breton It wasnt until 1784 when Major Frederick Wallet DesBarres a British officer was appointed the Lieutenant of Cape Breton After arriving on Cape Breton Island and spending a short time in Louisburg Major DesBarres along with 3 ships of British loyalists migrated to what is known today as Sydney Founded in 1785 the town of Sydney which would be declared the capital of Cape Breton was in the process of expanding its population basis Over the following years people known as the first grantees were settling Sydneys Northside districts under the name of North Sydney The first grantees were those persons loyalists who received crown grants given amounts of land in what is now North Sydney These crown grants were given by the government with the hopes of creating a lively settlement in the North of
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