A Concise History of Canada (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Margaret Conrad

By Margaret Conrad

Margaret Conrad's historical past of Canada starts with a problem to its readers. what's Canada? What makes up this varied, complicated, and infrequently contested countryside? What was once its founding second? And who're its humans? Drawing on her a long time of expertise as a student, author, and instructor of Canadian heritage, Conrad deals astute solutions to those tricky questions. starting in Canada's deep previous with the coming of its Aboriginal peoples, she strains its heritage throughout the conquest by way of Europeans, the yank innovative battle, and the industrialization of the 19th and 20th centuries, to its filthy rich current. As a social historian, Conrad emphasizes the peoples' background: the relationships among Aboriginal and settler, the French and the English, the Catholic and Protestant, and the wealthy and bad. She writes of the effect of disorder, how ladies fared within the early colonies, and of the social alterations that came about after the second one international warfare as Canada started to assert itself as an self sufficient country. it truly is this grounded method which drives the narrative and makes for compelling analyzing. within the final bankruptcy, the writer explains the social, fiscal, and political upheavals that experience remodeled the state during the last 3 a long time. regardless of its successes and its reputation as a vacation spot for immigrants from the world over, Canada continues to be a apparently reluctant participant at the overseas degree. This clever, concise, and lucid ebook explains simply why that is.

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Twenty-five of Cartier’s crew died of scurvy, a hideous affliction caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. Nevertheless, the possibility of riches beyond Hochelaga convinced Cartier to become involved in an ambitious attempt led by a nobleman, Jean-François de la Roque de Roberval, to establish a French settlement near Stadacona in 1541–42. Cartier led an advance expedition, but one winter was enough for the reluctant settlers, many of them convicts. Eager to return home, Cartier’s entourage decamped in the spring of 1542 with a cache of what they thought was gold and diamonds but what proved to be pyrites and quartz.

They placed Hudson, his teenage son John, and six crewmen in a small boat, set them adrift, and returned home. Although their presence was episodic and seasonal, Europeans had an immediate impact on the peoples they encountered. Diseases eventually took a toll, and indigenous populations declined, though we have no way of determining exactly when and by how much. What is clear is that, for those who survived the contact period, the fur trade modified earlier subsistence patterns and created a growing demand for European commodities, which moved quickly through established Aboriginal trading networks into the central regions of the continent.

Croix settlers were prepared to spend another winter in Acadia, among them Samuel de Champlain, who had become an enthusiastic advocate of colonization. The new location was named Port-Royal, and a fresh crop of settlers was delivered to the site, but the result was the same: nearly one-third of the fortyfive colonists succumbed to scurvy. Despite all odds, the colony survived. In the spring of 1606, Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt et de Saint-Just, appointed governor of Port-Royal, brought skilled workmen and several aristocratic relatives and friends to the colony.

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