The city of Saint John, New Brunswick's largest city, is widely becoming known as Canada's most Irsih city. While New York and Boston are often thought of bastions of Irish immigration and settlement, Saint John has in fact more Irish people per capita than any other city in North America. Peter Toner, a historian at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John once observed, the Loyalists may have come to Saint John but the Irish were there to greet them.
By the time the Loyalists had fled the American revolution for the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Saint John had already been discovered by Samuel de Champlain, who on June 24, 1604, had sailed into its harbour. To honour St. John the Baptist, he named the river the St. John.
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