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By Will Ferguson

A wild journey via Canadian background, absolutely revised and updated!

This new version of Canadian background For Dummies takes readers on an exciting experience via Canadian historical past, from indigenous local cultures and early French and British settlements via Paul Martin's shaky minority govt. This well timed replace good points the entire newest, up to the moment findings in ancient and archeological study. In his trademark irreverent type, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada's double-gold in hockey on the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien's determination to not perform the conflict in Iraq, and dissects the new sponsorship scandal.

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When the white man came, we had the land and they had the Bibles. Now they have the land and we have the Bibles. — Chief Dan George Even more deadly were the infectious diseases that the whites brought with them. The Europeans were crawling with germs, many of which were unknown in the New World. As a result, the First Nations had never developed a resistance to many of the illnesses the Europeans unwittingly introduced. Smallpox, measles, influenza, lung infections, and even the common cold all took a deadly toll on Native societies.

It marks the Battle of Vimy Ridge, for example, even though the soldiers at that time would have been flying the Red Ensign, not the maple leaf. 02_CDN_Hist_Intro_p01-08 5/26/05 2:21 PM Page 7 Introduction The presence of the United States has had a strong impact on Canadian development, from the War of 1812 to our current “branch-plant” economy. So when you see this icon, brace yourself. From the struggles of New France to the present-day separatist movement in Québec, this icon marks one of the central elements of our national history: the relationship between French and English Canada.

Slow Collision Calling the European invasion of Canada “a collision” is a bit misleading. The process occurred as much by stealth as anything, and it took centuries to unfold, with European trade goods often preceding the arrival of the Europeans themselves by several generations. Trade is good. It allows people to redistribute materials, generate wealth, and improve their quality of life. Complex and long-standing trade routes were already in place among the First Nations long before the Europeans arrived.

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