During the late 1700’s an act of the Imperial Parliament in England sanctioned privateering along Nova Scotia’s south shore. This was an effort to protect the local towns and villages from attacks by American ships.
The new rules let the ordinary citizens to apply for a “Letter of Marque,” which allowed them to attack and capture the ‘enemy’ vessels. If the capture was deemed legal, then the privateers shared in the money generated when the ship and cargo were sold at auction. It was a way for the local people to defend their homes.
Events celebrating this history with food, music, historical tours and other fun and games take place all over the town of Liverpool. The festival runs for four days during the first weekend in July.
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