By Roger E. Riendeau
"Canada's background has been an extended, interesting, and extremely self sufficient evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. so much americans recognize embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's distinctive heritage, from its first sighting through the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to present day social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec obstacle, an figuring out of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement over the past four hundred years is extra vital than ever. a quick heritage of Canada fills the distance with an authoritative narrative background that mixes reliable reference worth with priceless analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 photos and 8 maps. a short historical past of Canada is an enlightening advent to the kingdom and its people."--BOOK JACKET.
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Nearly half of the expedition’s 79 men died of scurvy before spring, while the remainder suffered from near-starvation. In 1605 the struggling colony was moved across the Bay of Fundy to Port Royal on the west coast of Nova Scotia, which was then known to the French as Acadia. Situated in the fertile Annapolis Valley, Port Royal became the first European agricultural settlement on Canadian soil. Life in the colony was enhanced by the 36 THE COLONIZATION OF NEW FRANCE burlesque pageantry and feasting of the Ordre du bons temps (Order of Good Cheer), the first social club in Canada, along with the first Canadian theatrical production, Théâtre de Neptune, presented by Marc Lescarbot in 1606.
In essence, Francis argued, national claims to territory in the Americas and elsewhere would henceforth rest 28 ACCIDENTAL REDISCOVERY not on papal decrees but on prior discovery, conquest, and settlement. Accordingly, to retain exclusive rights to the resources of Canada, France decided to establish a strategically located colony. The king sought to enhance the stature of this endeavor by designating a nobleman, Jean-François de la Roque de Roberval, to lead the expedition and relegating Cartier, a common sea captain, to commander of the fleet.
Disappointed with the results of its northern expeditions, Spain soon found it more profitable to concentrate its exploration and colonization efforts south of Florida. While the existence of North America was common knowledge in western Europe by the 1530s, the nature and extent of the new continent, beyond a superficial awareness of its eastern coastline, remained a profound mystery. Being as much entrepreneurs as adventurers, these early explorers were more anxious to bring back the “riches” of Asia that their financial backers expected than they were in recording and mapping their discoveries.