Confederation: Shaping Modern Canada

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In the mid-1860’s, many British North American colonies considered the idea of confederation. The joining of the colonies did have a huge impact on British North America, resulting in Canada becoming the country it is today. Colonies were first reluctant on joining Confederation, however many decided to go forth with this idea. Canada East, Canada West, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick agreed upon joining as one colony, under one government. Many civilians considered confederation due to the military attacks, trade and transportation, and changing of the British attitudes.

Initially, the fear of war and expansionism in the United States had many people terrified of attack. U.S.A had a strong belief towards the Manifest Destiny. During the 1860's, Americans were expanding across the continent, and had acquired over 15 million dollars. They believed they were destined by God to take over all of North America. Following this belief, the Americans colonized over Texas, which left more of B.N.A in fear of invasion. Mexico considered Texas part of its territory and were upset at the annexation of Texas. This resulted in the Mexican–American War, in which the Americans came out victorious. The Americans …show more content…

B.N.A already had quite a deficient amount of railways to begin with. Building a railway between the colonies was a major reason to join Confederation. The inter-colonial railway would connect the colonies together. This would not only join colonies together in the means of transportation, but also communication. Colonies could share resources, by having goods travel through the railways. Troops and people could visit other colonies much more faster.New shops, industries, and train stations would come about with this new railway. Not only politically, but economically B.N.A would become one of the strongest countries. This would be a major leap towards a great

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