Confederation In Canada

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Throughout the many years of negotiations and debates, Canada has been formed into the country we know it as today. The events that have taken place in the past, have played a significant role on the way our society is today. After many years, Confederation brought the colonies of British North America together and united them into one nation to form Canada. Throughout the 1900s, Canada won independence, turning the colony into a dominion, and gave the country an image of achievement and national unity. The Railways played a huge role in industrialization and tied the colonies together. The controversial occurrences of Canadian past such as Confederation, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway,…show more content…
It is the reason as to why Canada is united with all the provinces and territories, that the British and French have established throughout history. On July 1 1867, the British colonies of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia united into one Dominion of Canada. This development created independence from Britain, as well as a bilingual government and preservation of the French culture. “The combination of protectionist US trade policy, fears of American aggression and expansion, and Britain's increasing reluctance to maintain the expense of defending British North America, fueled the idea of uniting the BNA colonies in a single country.”(Canadian Encyclopedia). The idea of Confederation was partly inspired by the fear of the United States invading, and the lack of defense British North America had. By joining together, Confederation built a stronger country and came to solve many of the issues and disputes in the colonies. The unification of the colonies of British North America brought wealth and prosperity to the country, as well as brought the nation closer…show more content…
From April 9 to 12, 1917, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked the ridge, capturing it from the Germans. This had created significance for Canada, because it was the first time in which all four divisions came together and fought as one nation. “The victory at Vimy Ridge was greeted with enthusiasm in Canada, and after the war the battle became a symbol of an awakening Canadian nationalism. One of the prime reasons is that soldiers from every region of Canada — fighting together for the first time as a single assaulting force in the Canadian Corps — had taken the ridge together.”(Canadian Encyclopedia). After conquering the ridge, the Canadians had truly achieved victory, and had convinced Prime Minister Robert Borden to encourage separate representation for Canada at the Paris peace talks after the war. On the fourth day of the Battle, 3598 Canadians lay dead and 7004 wounded. Although the number of casualties were high, the Canadian success at Vimy Ridge is a symbol of independence and national unity for the
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