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other English colonies. They were allowed to take their money and a little furniture, but not their cattle. Their houses were burned and their lands were taken from them. Some escaped to the woods where they were given shelter by friendly Indians, but several thousand were sent into a long and painful exile. The colonies to which they were sent were in some cases unwilling to receive them, and they suffered much privation, especially during the first winter. Eventually, however, at the close of the Seven Years War, many returned to Nova Scotia, and today there are no more industrious and loyal people than the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces.