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First released in 1987, The Illustrated background of Canada used to be the 1st finished, authoritative one-volume heritage of the rustic. It featured chapters by way of seven of Canada's top historians and hundreds of thousands of engravings, lithographs, cartoons, maps, posters, and images. jointly, those components created a sweeping chronicle of Canada from its earliest instances to yesterday's information. Now The Illustrated heritage of Canada has been absolutely up to date to convey readers into the twenty-first century, with new fabric on such themes because the upward thrust of small executive, the popularity of fatherland claims, Canada's position within the post-Cold battle "peace," and the 2011 federal election. greater than ever, The Illustrated background of Canada is a must have reference consultant for all Canadians attracted to the heritage - and the longer term - of our nation. participants contain Ramsay prepare dinner (emeritus, York University), Christopher Moore (Toronto writer), Desmond Morton (McGill University), Arthur Ray (emeritus, collage of British Columbia), Peter Waite (emeritus, Dalhousie University), and Graeme Wynn (University of British Columbia).

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The men] cut down the trees at the height of two or three feet from the ground, then they strip off all the branches, which they burn at the stump of the same trees in order to kill them, and in the course of time they remove the roots. Then the women clean up the ground between the trees thoroughly, and at distances a pace apart dig round holes or pits. In each of these 24 Arthur Ray they sow nine or ten grains of maize, which they have first picked out, sorted, and soaked in water for a few days, and so they keep on until they have sown enough to provide food for two or three years, either for fear that some bad season may visit them or else in order to trade it to other nations for furs and other things they need; and every year they sow their corn thus in the same holes and spots, which they freshen with their little wooden spade, shaped like an ear with a handle at the end.

Trade in furs may have been paramount to the intruders, but the means and methods of survival were just as important. The Native World: Capturing an Image Like Europe, Native Canada was a complex cultural mosaic. The Native people spoke twelve major languages and many more dialects. Probably numbering some three hundred thousand individuals, they inhabited all areas of present-day Canada but they were very unevenly scattered across the land. The majority lived in semipermanent villages along the rivers and bays of coastal British Columbia, in southern Ontario, and in the St.

Before the arrival of the Europeans the Iroquoian-speaking Huron, Hochelagans, and Stadaconans were the northernmost farmers in North America, living as they did at the outer climatic limits of agriculture. Iroquoian villages contained as many as two thousand inhabitants and were located close to the fields. A new village site was sought only when all the conveniently accessible land had been used up in the course of field rotation—a farming practice made necessary by the slash-and-burn method they used, best described in the first-hand account of Recollet lay brother Gabriel Sagard: Clearing is very troublesome for [the Huron], since they have no proper tools.

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