The Halifax Explosion

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Canadian/American relations have always been much like that of a brother and his younger sister. They are dependent on one another, and their bond is built off of friendship and trust. When battles occur, they ride in together, and when one is in need, support is given. In 1917, the Halifax Explosion devastated a section of Nova Scotia, and the size of the accident destroyed a large amount of both people and homes. The medicinal and reparation costs were more than the surrounding cities could afford. Thankfully, the United States of America offered their assistance, which strengthened their growing relationship with Canada even further. The impact of the explosion was felt for almost two kilometres. The regions Richmond and Dartmouth were…show more content…
The state itself gave up over $750 000 worth of money and goods. The governor offered unlimited assistance and sent a train with 13 surgeons and doctors, 6 Red Cross members, nurses, railroad officials, people from the press and amounts of medical supplies to Canada immediately following the news of the explosion. The city held commemorative services, and the Boston Symphony played at concerts to raise money. The Boston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped care for wounded animals by sending a couple inspectors and one thousand dollars, along with various donations for animal care. The Boston Children’s Aid rescued children who were either orphaned or had a parent or two who were too injured to take care of them. Building materials were sent and furniture for temporary homes was paid largely by the Massachusetts-Halifax relief fund. Throughout the month, more people willing to help arrived on ships along with provisions. These numerous donations of time and money assisted greatly in the slow rebuilding of the affected area, and those who were impacted by the explosion forever remembered the generosity of Massachusetts. According to Shattered City by Janet Kitz, many people who benefited from the donations wrote letters of thanks: “‘I must say, dear sir,’ wrote one, ‘that the one bright spot in this awful year of trouble has been what those generous people of Massachusetts…show more content…
All the necessary materials and funds to rebuild the city and its surrounding area could not have come from Canada alone. Although other countries like Great Britain, Australia and China did provide additional support, the United States of America was the country that really made a difference to the survivors of the Halifax Explosion, and the relationship between them and Canada grew as a result. Boston and Halifax demonstrate what a lasting impression could achieve—even a century after the incident, the two cities still hold true to their friendship despite their distance and differences. The immense support and dedication America showed towards this cause tied the two close countries even closer, and to this day, Canada and the United States share a partnership that cannot be easily
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