Canadian History for Dummies by Will Ferguson

By Will Ferguson

A wild experience via Canadian background, totally revised and updated!

This new version of Canadian historical past For Dummies takes readers on an exciting journey via Canadian heritage, from indigenous local cultures and early French and British settlements via Paul Martin's shaky minority executive. This well timed replace good points all of the most modern, up to date findings in historic and archeological study. In his trademark irreverent type, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada's double-gold in hockey on the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien's choice to not perform the struggle in Iraq, and dissects the hot sponsorship scandal.

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When the American colonies broke free of Great Britain, the northern ones stayed loyal. In this, the American Revolution ultimately created not one, but two new countries. In 1812, the Americans tried to finish the job and conquer Canada, and in 1837 rebellions within Upper and Lower Canada again tried to break the colonies free. Both attempts failed, and Canada remained independent of the United States. Meanwhile, in the vast interior of the continent, explorers were pushing their way overland — all the way to the Pacific.

This was inevitable: Cultures along trade routes are always transformed, and there is no doubt that European trade goods were both desirable and useful. And remember, the Europeans were also jostling for position. The French, Dutch, and English along the east coast battled it out for access to Native trade. Not all imports were beneficial. Alcohol wreaked havoc among Native communities, and still does to this day. Native middlemen waged bloody wars of territorial control, and well-intentioned Christian missionaries caused terrible divisions within Native societies.

And remember, the Europeans were also jostling for position. The French, Dutch, and English along the east coast battled it out for access to Native trade. Not all imports were beneficial. Alcohol wreaked havoc among Native communities, and still does to this day. Native middlemen waged bloody wars of territorial control, and well-intentioned Christian missionaries caused terrible divisions within Native societies. When the white man came, we had the land and they had the Bibles. Now they have the land and we have the Bibles.

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