Sunday, June 25, 2017

Canada 150 Week: New France

July 1st will mark one hundred and fifty years since Confederation.

Over the course of this week, I want to briefly highlight some of the pivotal moments in Canadian history, events I think that shaped Canada into what it is now. While some may not view the selected events as the most important in Canadian history, I feel that these events do stand on their own as things that led to the country and its people to where they are now.

Starting with New France.

Long after Saint Brendan and Leif Eriksson's voyages to the New World, Martin Frobisher's journey to the Arctic and John Cabot's landing in Bonavista, Newfoundland, French cartographer Samuel de Champlain sailed up the Saint Lawrence River and eventually established a colony now known as Quebec City. Eastern Canada was in its formation as a colony and economic hub for competing European and aboriginal powers.

From there, Canada had only to spread out west.


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