Canadian Confederation And The British Colonies Of North America

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A. Question: To what extent was Canadian Confederation in 1867 the result of political, economic and social factors beyond the control of the British colonies of North America?
B. Thesis: Despite the success of the Great Coalition, and the need for a railway connecting the West and the East, being influential factors that led to Confederation, Canadian Confederation in 1867 most prominently came as a result of the Manifest Destiny ideology of the American people, and the termination of the Reciprocity Treaty, both factors beyond the control of the British colonies of North America.
C. Evidence:
POV #1: The success of the Great Coalition was a prominent political factor within the control of the British North American colonies, that had a strong influence on Canadian Confederation.
Source #1: Wilson, David A. and John R. English. "Great Coalition". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Toronto: Historica Canada, 2006. Web. 8 Feb 2006.
- the Province of Canada, a union joining Canada West and Canada East was created in 1841 to control the civil unrest within the two colonies
- despite the union, there was still a great divide between the French Canadian population of Canada East and the English Canadian population of Canada West
- once immigration to Canada West began growing, their population eventually surpassed that of Canada East
- this angered the English Canadian population, as Canada East was being over-represented in the legislature
- the equal representation system led to…

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