By Roger E. Riendeau
"Canada's historical past has been a protracted, attention-grabbing, and intensely self sustaining evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. such a lot americans comprehend embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's special historical past, from its first sighting through the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to modern-day social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec concern, an realizing of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement over the past four hundred years is extra very important than ever. a short heritage of Canada fills the distance with an authoritative narrative historical past that mixes sturdy reference price with necessary analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 pictures and 8 maps. a quick background of Canada is an enlightening creation to the country and its people."--BOOK JACKET.
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Back in England, smelters spent the next five years in a futile attempt to extract gold or silver from the ore. ” Despite the failure of Frobisher’s gold-mining venture, the search for a northwest passage to Asia continued. In 1583 Sir Humphrey Gilbert, an early champion of the idea of a northwest passage, attempted to establish a colony in the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland to serve as a base from which the search for the passage could be launched. After formally taking possession of Newfoundland for England, he perished at sea and the colonizing mission was abandoned.
Proceeding north Quebec for France. (Library and Archives Canada C-007298) to the Bay of Gaspé, which briefly 26 ACCIDENTAL REDISCOVERY appeared to be the elusive passage to Asia, Cartier encountered Iroquoian people who had come from the interior to fish and hunt seal. When he raised a cross to claim possession of the land for France on July 24, Cartier not only established trade relations with the Iroquois but also persuaded a reluctant Chief Donnacona to allow his two sons to make the return journey to France so that they could serve as interpreters and guides on the next voyage.
Only the fishing fleets that came annually to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence sustained the French presence in 16th-century Canada. 29 A BRIEF HISTORY OF CANADA Quest for the Northwest Passage Fishermen seasonally attending to their dry fishery on the eastern Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland represented the extent of the English presence in North America for more than three-quarters of a century after Caboto’s disappointing voyages. But with England’s rise as a great sea power, heralded by Sir Francis Drake’s voyage around the world from 1577 to 1581, came a renewed interest in northern discovery.
A Brief History of Canada, 2nd Edition by Roger E. Riendeau