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Arichat is the principal village on Isle Madame: the largest island in a 44-square-km (17-square-mi) archipelago of the same name, which sits at Cape Breton's southernmost tip. Known today for its friendly Acadian culture and many secluded coves and inlets, Arichat has a deep harbor that made it an important fishing, shipbuilding, and trading center during the 19th century. Some fine old buildings from that period still remain, including Notre Dame de l'Assomption Church and the LeNoir Forge Museum. The two cannons overlooking the harbor were installed after the village was sacked by John Paul Jones during the American Revolution.
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