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Since 1720, when French troops dug coal from the cliffs of the town to supply the garrison at Louisbourg, the name Glace Bay has been synonymous with coal. It shares this identity with several other communities along the northeastern corner of Cape Breton Island, where rich seams of bituminous coal extend miles into the Atlantic Ocean.
From Table Head on the outskirts of Glace Bay, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi sent the first west-to-east trans-Atlantic wireless message to Cornwall, England, on Dec. 15, 1902. Marconi conducted many radio experiments at his transoceanic wireless station at Table Head, the first on the North American continent.
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