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"Canada's heritage has been an extended, attention-grabbing, and extremely self sustaining evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. such a lot americans recognize embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's exact heritage, from its first sighting via the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to modern-day social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec difficulty, an figuring out of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement during the last four hundred years is extra vital than ever. a short heritage of Canada fills the distance with an authoritative narrative heritage that mixes reliable reference price with necessary analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 images and 8 maps. a quick historical past of Canada is an enlightening advent to the country and its people."--BOOK JACKET.

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United by kinship, dialect, or common territorial interest, villages were generally independent of each other, although in times of war a chief of commanding personality and fighting skill might form a temporary alliance with other villages in the area. Village society was organized on the basis of a rigid class system, in which people were generally divided into three ranks— nobles, commoners, and slaves—that did not customarily intermarry. Ojibway Indians Shooting the Rapids, a painting by Frederick Arthur Verner (1836–1928), illustrates the principal method of transportation that enabled Native peoples and Europeans to open up the Canadian frontier.

Moreover, Plateau community life resembled the simple organizations of the nomadic hunting people of the Eastern Woodlands. A group of families related by blood or marriage formed a band led by a hereditary chief or headman whose advice was sought and who would represent the group in an informal council of older men and prominent hunters. Each band had its own hunting and fishing territory, held in common by all its families, who generally wandered and hunted together. Wherever they came into contact with their stronger and more advanced coastal neighbors, the inland people tended to adopt their ways of life, including the hierarchical clan system and the potlatch.

The quest for furs and mineral resources in the region was insufficiently profitable, and the search for a westward passage through the continent proved futile. When he received word that the king had cancelled his monopoly, de Monts abandoned the colony in 1607 just as the English were establishing their first permanent settlement in North America at Jamestown, Virginia. De Monts succeeded in persuading the king to extend his fur-trading monopoly for one more year to allow him a final opportunity to recoup at least part of his investment.

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