By Roger E. Riendeau
"Canada's heritage has been an extended, interesting, and intensely autonomous evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. so much american citizens understand embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's targeted historical past, from its first sighting through the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to ultra-modern social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec challenge, an figuring out of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement over the past four hundred years is extra vital than ever. a short background of Canada fills the space with an authoritative narrative heritage that mixes stable reference price with worthy analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 photos and 8 maps. a quick heritage of Canada is an enlightening creation to the country and its people."--BOOK JACKET.
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In fact, they were referring to their own village of Stadacona, on the future site of Quebec City. But Cartier misinterpreted “Canada” to be the name of the territory ruled by Donnacona, chief of Stadacona. ” But three days earlier, he had named a bay north of Anticosti Island “SaintLaurent,” after the Christian martyr whose feast day it was. By the next century, the entire gulf and the great river were commonly referred to as the St. Lawrence (Trudel 1973). Cartier continued up the St. Lawrence River to Stadacona where on September 7, he renewed his acquaintance with Chief Donnacona.
Even when the nations were ostensibly at peace, the ferocity of their economic, political, and religious competition inevitably influenced the destiny of the Canadian frontier, which until the mid18th century stood at the outer margins of imperial expansion. France took the initiative in exploiting the resource potential of the northern American frontier, as its fur traders and missionaries reached Hudson Bay in the north, the Gulf of Mexico in the south, and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the west.
Initially a traditional hunting and fishing people like the neighboring Algonquians, the Iroquois evolved into a primarily seminomadic and agricultural people. While men were responsible for hunting, fishing, trading, warfare, and clearing the land for cultivation, women assumed the responsibility of planting, cultivating, and harvesting the farm crops, notably corn, beans, squash, and tobacco. The fertility of the soil, therefore, became the major criterion for choosing the sites of the stockaded villages around which their cultivated fields were located.
A Brief History of Canada, 2nd Edition by Roger E. Riendeau