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The Prairie West As Promised Land by R. Douglas Francis, Chris Kitzan, Doug Owram, Laurence

By R. Douglas Francis, Chris Kitzan, Doug Owram, Laurence Kitzan, Matthew Wrangler, David Hall, Sarah Carter, Anthony W. Rasporich, Bill Waiser, Randi Warne, Bradford J. Rennie, Catherine A. Cavanaugh, Steve Hewitt, George Melnyk, Michael Fedyk, Brett Fairba

So the brand of the West
Our brilliant Maple Leaf is bless'd
To its little ones of the goodly open hand;
All the countries of the earth
Are now studying of its worth
And are flocking to this filthy rich, promised land. - The Sugar Maple Tree tune, 1906

In 1906, the Sugar Maple Tree tune was once only one instance of the rhapsodic items that touted the Prairie West because the "promised land." within the adolescence of agricultural payment from the past due 19th century to the 1st international warfare, the Canadian govt, besides the railways and different Prairie boosters, extra built and propagated this picture in the greatly dispensed promotional literature that was once used to draw thousands of immigrants to the Canadian West from all corners of the realm. a few observed the Prairies as an incredible position to create a Utopian society; others seized the opportunity to take keep an eye on in their personal destinies in a brand new and fascinating position. a twin of the West as a spot of unbridled prosperity and chance grew to become the dominant conception of the area at the moment. in the course of the interwar and post-World struggle II eras, this picture was once wondered and challenged, even supposing no longer completely changed, hence exhibiting its pervasive influence.The Prairie West as Promised Land is workforce of essays, inclusive of contributions from a few of the best-known Prairie historians in addition to essentially the most promising new students within the box, explores this continual topic in Prairie historical past and makes a tremendous contribution to the historiography of the Canadian West.

With Contributions By:
Sarah Carter
Catherine A. Cavanaugh
Brett Fairbairn
Michael Fedyk
R. Douglas Francis
David Hall
Laurence Kitzan
Chris Kitzan
George Melnyk
Doug Owram
Anthony W. Rasporich
Bradford J. Rennie
Bill Waiser
Matthew Wangler
Randi Warne

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The possibility of agriculture was not only no longer ignored, as it had been in the past, but became the first priority of those who would make observations on the West. Once again man’s tendency to find what he expected or wanted to find was revealed. This time, however, all the circumstances oriented the observer towards agriculture rather than the fur trade. None of the travellers after 1857 could really claim to be journeying through unexplored territory. Even the expeditions of Palliser and Hind travelled through regions that had been known to fur traders and buffalo hunters for generations.

Klassen (Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973), 89. L. Blodgett, Climatology (Philadelphia, 1857), 533, 529. ” Dawson cites Blodgett in his 1859 report; Journals of the Legislative Assembly, 1859, app. 36. “The Great North-West,” The Canadian Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, 1858, also cites Blodgett and is attributed to Hind in John Warkentin, “Steppe, Desert and Empire,” in Rasporich and Klassen, Prairie Perspectives 2, 132– 33, n. 40. Blodgett, Climatology, 529. Warkentin, “Steppe, Desert and Empire,” 116–21.

H. 5 While few in 1857 would deny Canada the right in principle to open the North West, there were still many who felt that right to be of questionable value. The Canadian government, although it had laid formal claim to the North West, was especially uncertain as to the actual value of the region. William Draper’s testimony before the select committee clearly indicated that the position taken by the government in 1857 was essentially a holding action. 6 No legal or financial commitments had been made, nor were they likely to be until the government ascertained the nature of the resources and population of the region.

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