How the Scots Invented Canada

Hardcover | October 5, 2010

byKen McGoogan

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No matter where you enter the history of Canada – through exploration, politics, business, education or literature -- you find that the Scots and their descendants have played a leading role. Today, almost five million Canadians identify themselves as Scottish, and their influence is felt throughout the land. Starting with his own deep roots in Scotland and early Canada, Ken McGoogan has created a lively, entertaining narrative that focuses on more than sixty Scots who have led the way in shaping this country.

Early arrivals included explorers Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and the “Scotch West Indian,” James Douglas. Later, Scots such as Lord Selkirk and John Galt encouraged thousands to immigrate. Nation-builders followed, among them John A. Macdonald, James McGill and the reformer Nellie McClung. Then came the visionaries, Scottish Canadians such as Tommy Douglas, Doris Anderson and Marshall McLuhan, who have turned Canada into a nation that revels in diversity.

McGoogan commemorates the first settlers to land at Pictou, Nova Scotia, and celebrates such hybrid Canadians as the Cherokee Scot John Norton, Thérèse MacDonald Casgrain and the kilt-loving John George Diefenbaker. He honours the war contributions of Scottish Canadian regiments, and he toasts Sir Walter Scott and the beloved Robbie Burns. Beautifully illustrated and handsomely packaged, How the Scots Invented Canada is an exuberant celebration of the building of a nation.

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No matter where you enter the history of Canada – through exploration, politics, business, education or literature -- you find that the Scots and their descendants have played a leading role. Today, almost five million Canadians identify themselves as Scottish, and their influence is felt throughout the land. Starting with his own deep...

KEN McGOOGAN’s quartet of books about Arctic history—Fatal Passage,Ancient Mariner,Lady Franklin’s RevengeandRace to the Polar Sea—have made him one of the most acclaimed popular historians in Canada and a national bestselling author. Visit his website atwww.kenmcgoogan.com.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554682339

ISBN - 13:9781554682331

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware of Imitations I won't be buying this because I've already read How the Scots Created Canada by Paul Cowan. Cowan also wrote Scottish Military Disasters. I wonder how long it will be until Mr McGoogan comes out with a book called Scottish Military Defeats. By the way, Cowan's book on the Scots in Canada is an excellent little history of the country up until the First World War.
Date published: 2010-06-01