On a bit of a New England binge at the moment. Who knows what else might be coming Anyway, this looks at one of the more interesting divergences from OTL - that of a more linguistically diverse Maritimes region, as well as surviving North American dialects of Gaelic. New England Gaelic (Gaelic: A' Ghàidhlig Sasainn Nuadh), known in New England English as often simply Gaelic, refers to the dialects of Scottish Gaelic spoken by people in Northeast New England who have their origins in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. While there have been many different regional dialects of Gaelic that have been spoken in communities across British America, the northeast New England provinces are the main area in North America where Gaelic continues to be spoken as a community language, especially in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. All of these dialects had their origins in the Scottish Highlands, although some have become effectively dormant since the time of emigration. Scottish Gaels began to settle in Nova Scotia from 1773, in the aftermath of the Highland Clearances, and continued throughout the 19th century. Gaelic has been spoken in New England for nearly 250 years, and during the early 1900s, the Gaelic language was recognised as an official language of the country, and has been taught as a second language in many parts of New England. The dialects of Gaelic spoken in the New England provinces are similar to the dialects of the Irish language spoken in neighbouring Newfoundland, although they are descended from different branches of the Goidelic languages. The Gaelic dialects spoken in West Connecticut and Sciotoshire, both of which are states of the Confederation of the Ohio Country, are closely related to New England Gaelic, sharing a common origin amongst Scottish exiles from the Highland Clearances.