By Roger E. Riendeau
"Canada's background has been a protracted, interesting, and intensely self sufficient evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. so much americans comprehend embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's special background, from its first sighting through the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to contemporary social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec difficulty, an knowing of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement over the past four hundred years is extra very important than ever. a quick heritage of Canada fills the distance with an authoritative narrative background that mixes stable reference worth with important analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 pictures and 8 maps. a quick historical past of Canada is an enlightening advent to the kingdom and its people."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Huron adopted a similar political system to counteract their Iroquois enemies. The confederacy gave the Iroquois a degree of political coherence that enabled it to emerge as the most powerful military force among Canada’s Native 10 THE NATURAL DOMAIN people. But foreshadowing the future Canadian Confederation, the central council could not always control the ambitions of individual tribal leaders who were all too willing to assert their authority in domestic affairs and to advance their parochial interests at the expense of national unity.
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. The sense of disappointment that pervaded their voyages may account for the failure of the explorers to keep precise records of their findings or of succeeding generations to ensure the survival of vital historical documents and artifacts. As a result, the story of the earliest moments of the European rediscovery of the northern American frontier is little more than a rough sketch pieced together from diverse fragments of empirical evidence, deductive reasoning, and educated speculation.
The French and English fleets, using the “dry” or “shore” method of preservation, took their catch ashore to be dried on racks or “flakes,” which meant that the fish needed only a light salting to avoid spoilage during the long voyage home (Innis 1978). The huts and storehouses that the “dry” fishermen built as they tended their cod-strewn drying racks during the summer in effect became the first semblance of European settlement, however impermanent and anonymous, since the Norse efforts five centuries before.