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By Will Ferguson

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

This re-creation of Canadian historical past For Dummies takes readers on an exhilarating trip via Canadian heritage, from indigenous local cultures and early French and British settlements via Paul Martin's shaky minority executive. This well timed replace beneficial properties all of the most modern, up to the moment findings in historic and archeological learn. In his trademark irreverent kind, 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 new 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.

The diversity was remarkable. In Canada alone, there were more 04_CDN_Hist_C01_p11-32 12 5/26/05 2:23 PM Page 12 Part I: When Worlds Collide than 50 separate Native languages, many of which were as different as Chinese and English. Today, only three of these — Cree, Ojibwa, and the Inuktitut language of the Arctic — are in a strong enough position to survive. Entire nations have vanished; entire cultures have been lost. Slow Collision Calling the European invasion of Canada “a collision” is a bit misleading.

So when you see this icon, brace yourself. From the struggles of New France to the present-day separatist movement in Québec, this icon marks one of the central elements of our national history: the relationship between French and English Canada. An eagle feather (an important symbol for most First Nations) signals issues dealing with aboriginal rights, from early colonial conflicts to current land claims. One of the defining traits of Canada is that it has preferred evolution to revolution. Canada gained its independence gradually, and this icon — a maple leaf rising — marks key moments along the way.

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