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A Brief History of Canada, 2nd Edition by Roger E. Riendeau

By Roger E. Riendeau

"Canada's background has been an extended, interesting, and intensely autonomous evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. so much americans be aware of embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's distinctive heritage, from its first sighting through the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to trendy social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec difficulty, an knowing of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement over the past four hundred years is extra vital than ever. a quick heritage of Canada fills the space with an authoritative narrative historical past that mixes good reference worth with valuable analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 pictures and 8 maps. a quick heritage of Canada is an enlightening creation to the state and its people."--BOOK JACKET.

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The constant search for buffalo herds inhibited extensive social or tribal organization. Most tribes consisted of loosely organized and independent bands. Only in midsummer, when the buffalo were concentrated in large herds, would the bands come together for a few weeks in one large communal hunting drive. Once the well-organized buffalo hunt ended, the bands dispersed to their own encampments to prepare for the harsh winter. Intertribal trade and raiding brought the horse to the Canadian plains by the end of the 17th century.

33 3 The Colonization of New France (1608–1663) he development of the northern American frontier in the 17th and 18th centuries was a product of intense imperial rivalry between two emerging European powers. The rivalry between Protestant, democratic Britain and Catholic, feudal France occasionally erupted into international warfare that often spread to the far corners of their expansive empires. Even when the nations were ostensibly at peace, the ferocity of their economic, political, and religious competition inevitably influenced the destiny of the Canadian frontier, which until the mid18th century stood at the outer margins of imperial expansion.

Having likely reached the coast of Labrador, he decided against landing, purportedly concluding: “This land is unwinsome and ungainsome” (Stefoff 1992, 15). In other words, the first recorded opinion about North America was that it was neither pretty nor profitable. 19 A BRIEF HISTORY OF CANADA While Herjolfsson apparently had no desire to explore the lands he sighted, his reports about its dense forests generated some interest in Greenland, where wood was in short supply. Around 1001, Leif Eriksson, the son of Greenland colonizer Erik the Red, sailed west to investigate the resources of this strange territory.

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