By Roger E. Riendeau
"Canada's heritage has been an extended, attention-grabbing, and extremely self sufficient evolution, in marked distinction to the violence that typifies the United States's tale. so much american citizens understand embarrassingly little approximately their northern neighbor's special heritage, from its first sighting via the Norse to its complete confederation in 1922 to modern day social democracy. Now, within the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec main issue, an figuring out of the forces that experience pushed Canada's improvement during the last four hundred years is extra vital than ever. a short heritage of Canada fills the distance with an authoritative narrative background that mixes stable reference worth with useful analysis."--BOOK JACKET. "With greater than 20 images and 8 maps. a quick heritage of Canada is an enlightening creation to the kingdom and its people."--BOOK JACKET.
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Moreover, the coastal and interior regions of British Columbia had the most linguistically diverse indigenous population. Despite their proximity to one another, the peoples living along the Pacific coast and in the interior plateau region evolved as distinct cultural communities primarily because of the isolating effects of the towering Cordilleran mountain ranges. The people of the Pacific belong to five unrelated language families consisting of 19 distinct languages. Among the major tribes strung along the coast from north to south are the Tlingit and the Haida of nearby Queen Charlotte Island, each of whom speaks a unique language that has no known relationship to any other.
Having obtained the monopoly over the fur trade of the St. Lawrence Valley, Vice Admiral Aymar de Chastes commissioned François Gravé Du Pont along with Samuel de Champlain to explore the region’s commercial and settlement potential in 1603. Journeying up the St. Lawrence as far as Lachine, west of present-day Montreal, they learned much about the inland areas farther north and west as a result of their contact with the Algonquians, whose trading network extended well into the lower Great Lakes.
None of the Iroquois would survive to return to their homeland. So unimpressed was King Francis I with the accomplishments of Cartier’s second voyage that five years would pass before a third expedition received royal support. In the meantime, Francis I continued to be preoccupied with waging war against Spain, which was challenging French rights to exploit the wealth of the New World on the basis of tradition. In response, the French monarch invoked the new doctrine of imperialism to assert his right to exploit lands not previously occupied by another Christian power.
A Brief History of Canada, 2nd Edition by Roger E. Riendeau