This page last revised 9 July 2000
Jacques Cartier is the first European to sail up the St. Lawrence river into the interior of Canada.
Samuel de Champlain founds Quebec.
Creation of "New France"; exploration; fur trading; building of series of forts; British/French struggle for control.
British conquest of New France.
Canada refuses to join with the 13 states in rebellion. Subsequent invasion by the US fails.
American independence leaves two British colonies in the north - Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Creation of Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Quebec) Canada.
British/US war; agreement on 49th parallel as Canadian border; rapid immigration from the former colonies and Europe.
Beginning of "Indian Treaties" granting limited land rights and financial compensation for the European acquisition of territory.
British North America Act creates united Canada, following US civil war, and amid fears of an American invasion.
Canada reaches the Pacific after British Columbia joins the federation.
World War I creates a desire for greater autonomy.
Gradual ending of Imperial diplomatic unity and granting of autonomy to the Dominions of the Empire.
End of World War II and beginning of economic boom.
Rapid Asian and Third World immigration.
Trudeau's government officially endorses the policy of multiculturalism.
Repatriation of the constitution.
Referendum on French-speaking independence returns slight pro-federation majority; policy of First Nation's self-government officially endorsed.
This project was completed under the direction of Dr Leon Litvack as a requirement for the MA degree in Modern Literary Studies in the School of English at the Queen's University of Belfast. The site is evolving and will include contributions from future generations of MA students on other writers and themes.
This page was written by David Harris.
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