Horton,now Hantsport, was settled by the "New England Planters," who moved fromConnecticut and Rhode Island to Nova Scotia in 1760, following the expulsion of the Acadians. Many families in the area trace their ancestry to the earliest settlers of New England. The large, triangular bayjust north of Horton is the Minas Basin, which has some of the highesttides in the world. Horton Bluff Light was established in 1851, atthe point where the Avon River opens into the Basin. The sketch belowis from an 1860 navigation chart.