Canadian Confederation Case Study
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.
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 …show more content…
Lawrence river froze over in the winter, stopping marine transportation
- the railway would also prevent Canada from being annexed, as it would create a border between the United States and Canada that would protect them
Source #4: Creighton, Donald Grant. The Road to Confederation: The Emergence of Canada, 1863-1867. Toronto: Macmillan, 1964. Print.
- creating a transcontinental railway would allow for increased settlement across the continent
- increased settlement to those areas would allow Canada to stake claim of the land, west of Canada West
- settlement to the west would provide Canada with a port at the Pacific Ocean which would greatly stimulate the economy
- unfortunately the construction of the railway could not be funded by any of the individual colonies
- Confederation would solve that issue as it would allow the federal government to pay for the construction using tax money
POV #3: Confederation in 1867 was mostly a result of external factors from the British colonies of North America, due to the widespread Manifest Destiny beliefs among the American people.
Source #5: "Manifest Destiny". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2016. Web. 15 May. …show more content…
- Manifest Destiny was a widely held philosophy by the American people in the 19th century, who believed that they were destined to expand their territory and conquer British North America
- these beliefs posed a great threat to the safety and security of the British North American population, as they feared the possibility of annexation by the powerful American