What kind of Scottish American are you? Highlander or Lowlander? East or West Coaster? Midwest Jock, Redneck or Hillbilly?

What kind of Scottish American are you? Highlander or Lowlander? East or West Coaster? Midwest Jock, Redneck or Hillbilly?

By Mark Connolly

For the descendants of Scottish Americans it can be difficult to identify exact origins because there are three primary groups of Scots in America’s formative years who spread far and wide.

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English Canadians: From the periphery to confederation

English Canadians: From the periphery to confederation

English Canadians were very much outsiders when they arrived not long after the French in the early 1600s. An Italian paid by King Henry VII of England did make the first European contact since the Vikings in the 11th century but the age of imperial expansion was well underway by the time the English made any impact. Portugal, Spain and France were miles ahead in the competitive resource grab and only a remarkable series of events made the cultures of Britain and Ireland replace the dominance of the French.

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Scottish Canadians: From the Plains of Abraham to the first two prime ministers and universal health care

Scottish Canadians: From the Plains of Abraham to the first two prime ministers and universal health care

Scottish Canadians were among the first Europeans to arrive. The Kingdom of Scotland established the colony of Nova Scotia in 1621 and among the colonists of New France were Scots traders, merchants, soldiers and farmers- including Abraham Martin dit l’Ecossais, whose name lives on in the famed Plains of Abraham.

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