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The war that made Canada
National Post ^ | February 7, 2013 | Mark Bourrie

Posted on 02/07/2013 9:12:42 AM PST by Squawk 8888

Will the Canadian government celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war that really made Canada?

Except for a brief, small exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, it’s not likely.

The Treaty of Paris, signed in 1763, settled the Seven Years’ War. That was, in many ways, the First World War. It was fought in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, India and on the seas. About 500,000 soldiers were killed in total, along with tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of civilians.

It’s the war that ended with most of what’s eastern Canada and part of the U.S. northeast handed from France to Britain. Quebec is still trying to adapt to the severing of those bonds with the mother country. For most of their history, the descendants of the settlers of New France have fought against the political, cultural and social impact of the “conquest.” It was, for good or ill, the defining moment in Quebec’s history.

On the other hand, the Royal Proclamation, which set out the rules for the government of the new British North American lands, is one of the most liberal manifestos ever issued by any government that had just taken control of an enemy territory.

It’s an astounding document that, in itself, had far more impact on the development of Canada than any single piece of legislation, and was certainly more important to the development of modern Canada than, say, the War of 1812.

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1 posted on 02/07/2013 9:12:45 AM PST by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 02/07/2013 9:14:21 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Canada is actually America’s worst enemy. We’ve fought six wars with Canada—the War of the League of Augsburg (1689-1697) the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748), the Third Silesian War (1754-1763), the War of the American Revolution (1775-1783) and the War of 1812 (1812-1815). Of course, in four of these wars, we were English and Canada was French.


3 posted on 02/07/2013 9:22:27 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Squawk 8888

No mention of hockey?


4 posted on 02/07/2013 9:29:30 AM PST by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: frithguild
No mention of hockey?

Big surprise, EH?

5 posted on 02/07/2013 10:05:31 AM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: Squawk 8888

6 posted on 02/07/2013 10:08:12 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Squawk 8888
It's the war that begat Je me souviens the motto of Quebec. Eh?
7 posted on 02/07/2013 10:15:15 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Squawk 8888

The Seven Years War was really the first “World War.”


8 posted on 02/07/2013 10:21:57 AM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

The same war had a tremendous impact on the USA as well, where it was called the French and Indian War.


9 posted on 02/07/2013 10:24:39 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Phlap
It's the war that begat Je me souviens the motto of Quebec. Eh?

Whenever I visit Quebec or see a car from Quebec in my hometown I always think that the slogan on the license plates means "get your souvenirs here".

10 posted on 02/07/2013 10:30:31 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: Fiji Hill

“Canada is actually America’s worst enemy. We’ve fought six wars with Canada...”

What a facinating perspective - very European oriented in your naming. And I thought I was the last person on the continent who remembered King George’s War. Your post has inspired me to learn more. As a fellow history dude, thank you.


11 posted on 02/07/2013 11:53:02 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Gay State Conservative

Quite a shock for me to see this article written by my Son Mark.


12 posted on 02/07/2013 11:58:27 AM PST by lindsay
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To: Gay State Conservative

Quite a shock for me to see this article written by my Son Mark.


13 posted on 02/07/2013 11:58:40 AM PST by lindsay
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To: Gay State Conservative

Quite a shock for me to see this article written by my Son Mark.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 11:58:51 AM PST by lindsay
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To: PGR88
The Seven Years War was really the first “World War.”

I prefer to call it the Third Silesian War or the French and Indian War, since it actually lasted nine years. Last summer, I visited a canyon near Jumonville, Pa. where the war started in 1754, when a unit of Virginia militiamen got into a firefight with a French unit. Fort Necessity, located a few miles away, was also a site of one of the war's early battles.

15 posted on 02/07/2013 12:13:24 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Owl558
"We’ve fought six wars with Canada...”"

How many with French Canada ans how many with English Canada?

How many wars have occurred between Quebec and the rest of Canada?

16 posted on 02/07/2013 1:40:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“How many...”

See post #3 by Fiji Hill. Everything before and including the Seven Years War/French Indian War is part of the titanic struggle between France and Britian for control over North America. Before the British took Canada, there was only French Canada, right? And the French were defeated on the Plains of Abraham and Quebec taken for Britian.

Using Fiji Hill’s reckoning, there were 4 vs. French Canada by the British and 2 vs. British Canada by Americans.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 2:22:18 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Owl558
".... 2 vs. British Canada by Americans."

So Canada is only as dangerous as Germany.

18 posted on 02/07/2013 2:28:16 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“So Canada is only as dangerous as Germany.”

Not if you’re French Canadian - to them, the British are twice as dangerous as Germany lol. Just ask the Arcadians.

Seriously, though, I think it was someone else who stated that Canada is our worstest enemy, not me (see post #3). I took the statement as more tongue-in-cheek than anything. I was simply commenting on their interesting perspective on the various colonial era wars.


19 posted on 02/07/2013 3:38:29 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Squawk 8888

The British did not suppress the people of Quebec. In 1774, they received their first charter of rights, with legal guarantees for their religion, language and culture and were granted self-government. That laid the basis for modern Canada, which opted to keep its ties to the British Crown than to sever them.


20 posted on 02/07/2013 3:43:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Owl558
I'm just kidding around.

I had a couple of quality hours reviewing the F&I war and "Pontiac's War".

(I've lived most of my life within 50 miles of the border and have likely spent more than 52 weeks in Canada over the years.)

21 posted on 02/07/2013 3:44:57 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: goldstategop
The British did not suppress the people of Quebec. In 1774, they received their first charter of rights, with legal guarantees for their religion, language and culture and were granted self-government. That laid the basis for modern Canada, which opted to keep its ties to the British Crown than to sever them.

The Quebec Act of 1774 was also a casus belli, among several, that helped to bring on the American Revolution. Among other things, the act awarded what is now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota to Quebec. If that had been allowed to stand, most of what is now the American Midwest would be French-speaking.

22 posted on 02/07/2013 4:00:31 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Paladin2

“I had a couple of quality hours reviewing the F&I war and “Pontiac’s War”.”

The topic is very enjoyable. I visited Vancouver once and found it to be the prettiest city in North America that I’ve seen so far.


23 posted on 02/07/2013 4:43:05 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Fiji Hill
most of what is now the American Midwest would be French-speaking

Not necessarily; until the years following the American War of Independence, Ontario was French-speaking. The arrival of the Loyalists from the USA changed the demographics here quite dramatically.

24 posted on 02/07/2013 4:44:58 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Owl558
And the French were defeated on the Plains of Abraham and Quebec taken for Britian.

The people of Quebec are the only people in the world who believe the Battle of the Plains of Abraham ended in a tie. - Allan Fotheringham

25 posted on 02/07/2013 5:55:18 PM PST by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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To: Squawk 8888
The arrival of the Loyalists from the USA changed the demographics here quite dramatically.

Maybe that's why the Canadian accent is so close to the American accent.

26 posted on 02/07/2013 7:46:27 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Dartman

“...the Battle of the Plains of Abraham ended in a tie.”

Bless our French Canadian brothers. It wouldn’t be North America without them. The story of the campaign is a facinating chapter in Canadian history.


27 posted on 02/08/2013 9:36:24 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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