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In 1773, the ship, “Hec­tor,” ar­rived at Brown’s Point, near Pic­tou, N.S. Hec­tor car­ried 178 Scot­tish im­mi­grants -- the first large wave of im­mi­gra­tion that made Scots the pre­dom­i­nant eth­nic group in Nova Sco­tia. A replica ship was later built to com­mem­o­rate the voy­age and is on dis­play in Pic­tou har­bour. In 1821, in­de­pen­dence was pro­claimed for Costa Rica, Gu­atemala, Hon­duras, Nicaragua and El Sal­vador. In 1830, the first pas­sen­ger rail­way opened, run­ning be­tween Manch­ester and Liver­pool, Eng­land. In 1835, Charles Dar­win reached the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands aboard “HMS Bea­gle.” In 1860, Ed­ward, Prince of Wales, vis­ited Ni­a­gara Falls, where he wit­nessed a per­for­mance of the great French tightrope walker Blondin.

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