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

By Roger E. Riendeau

"Canada's heritage has been a protracted, attention-grabbing, and intensely self sustaining 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 special background, from its first sighting by way of the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to state-of-the-art social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec quandary, an realizing of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement during the last four hundred years is extra very important than ever. a quick heritage of Canada fills the distance with an authoritative narrative historical past that mixes reliable reference worth with precious analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 images and 8 maps. a quick historical past of Canada is an enlightening creation to the state and its people."--BOOK JACKET.

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Because the native experience was unrecorded and the Norse sagas had disappeared until they were rediscovered at the end of the 16th century, European explorers beginning with Columbus had to approach the New World with little or no awareness of the routes and discoveries of their predecessors. The revival of interest in the New World once again originated by accident rather than by design. In fact, the grand design of the age was not to find a new world but to reach an ancient world. Since ancient times, the Indies—an all-encompassing term for southern and eastern Asia including India and China—had been a source of goods that Europeans valued highly: silks and other fine textiles, precious gemstones, and pungent and fragrant spices.

Vast distances, geographical barriers, and limited transportation technology often prevented an intermingling of these diverse native cultures. Third, geography dictated the persistence of regionalism as the basis for political or social organization. Accordingly, lines of communication and exchange for the Native peoples were more often north and south than east and west. Into this context came Europeans with their modern technology and peculiar concepts of property ownership and nationally based political organizations, which over a period of five centuries would profoundly alter the natural domain of Canada.

Encouraged Canada in 1497 and claimed Newfoundland by these findings, he returned and its fisheries for England. (Library and Archives Canada C-005136) triumphantly to England, where22 ACCIDENTAL REDISCOVERY upon the king rewarded him for reaching this “new found land” by sponsoring a second voyage in 1498. The expedition never returned, and it is believed that Caboto likely perished somewhere off the coast of Newfoundland. Despite the failure to reach Asia, Caboto’s voyages are significant for establishing England’s claim to the Atlantic Coast of North America and for stimulating further interest in pursuing a northern sea route to Asia (McGhee 1989).

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