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The town is home to the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, as well as other heritage sites. Yarmouth was founded in 1761 when a ship carrying three families arrived from Sandwich, Massachusetts. The ship carried the families of Sealed Landers (the first settlers), Ebenezer Ellis, and Moses Perry. They were soon joined by others who came directly from England; these new settlers named their community "Yarmouth" after Yarmouth Port in England where some had lived before emigrating to North America. In 1763-64 during King George's War British naval vessels captured French ships near Cape Sable Island causing France to abandon its plans for colonization on mainland Nova Scotia but not Île Royale (Cape Breton). This made it possible for Great Britain to firmly establish itself on Cape Breton Island with settlements at Sydney River and Louisbourg which led directly into Father Le Loutre's War.