Historical Atlas of Canada: Volume II: The Land Transformed, 1800-1891 by R. Louis GentilcoreHistorical Atlas of Canada: Volume II: The Land Transformed, 1800-1891 by R. Louis Gentilcore

Historical Atlas of Canada: Volume II: The Land Transformed, 1800-1891

EditorR. Louis GentilcoreOtherGeoffrey J. Matthews

Hardcover | October 19, 1993

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The emergence in the nineteenth century of a new political and territorial entity - Canada - is dramatically portrayed in this book. Through breathtaking cartography it vividly captures the great economic and social events that made possible the successful birth of a huge new country.

The Land Transformed reveals how a thinly populated and economically limited group of colonies in 1800 came together to become the Canada of the 1890s. The profound revolution was the transformation of the land: forest and grassland gave way to farmland, native populations were moved onto reservations, railways and telegraph tied together widely separated communities; urban commercial centres grew. At the end of the century Canada was recognizable as one of the world's major countries, stretching across a continent, comfortably at home in the world of railways, factories, and well-developed agriculture.

The first part of the volume, 'Extending the Frontier: Settlement to Mid-Century,' describes the growth of the population and the economy in the first half of the century. Maps, graphs, charts, and paintings are used with imagination and clarity to portray the spread of settlement, based on immigration and an accelerated use of resources, the most important of which was land. By the 1850s a dominant agriculture was joined to a productive timber trade as the country's engine of growth.

Part II, 'Building a Nation,' covers the country's 'coming of age.' Between the 1850s and the 1890s political union was achieved, conomic growth continued, and a recognizable Canadian society emerged. These same developments left in their wake a declining and dispersed indigenous population. A series of treaties moved Indian populations to reserves of land in a massive rearrangement of native territory that set the stage for continuing cultural conflict.

The nineteenth century witnessed the culmination of four centuries of European engagement in North America. Momentous events of the time are captured in this volume, which provides a splendid visual record of the drama of nation building and the roots of the diverse nation we know today.

R. Louis Gentilcore is Professor of Geography at McMaster University in Hamilton. His research interest for many years has been in the historical geography of Canada, with particular emphasis on settlement development in eastern Canada in the nineteenth century.
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Title:Historical Atlas of Canada: Volume II: The Land Transformed, 1800-1891Format:HardcoverDimensions:183 pages, 14.86 × 10.82 × 1.17 inPublished:October 19, 1993Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802034470

ISBN - 13:9780802034472

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Historical Atlas of Canada II: The Land Transformed, 1800-1891 captures the momentous events of the 19th century. This stunning atlas provides a splendid visual record about how a thinly populated and economically limited group of colonies in 1800 came together to become the booming modern Canada of the 1890s.

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'A major publishing event, a cartographic milestone and a new chapter in the exploration of Canadian history and geography.'

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