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Abraham Gesner

Overview page. Subjects: Economics — History of the Americas.

(1797–1863), geologist, chemist, entrepreneur.

Born in the Annapolis Valley, Gesner studied medicine in London in 1825–6. Between 1836 and 1846, he published geological surveys of...

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Alexander Tilloch Galt

Overview page. Subjects: Economics — History of the Americas.

(1817–93)

Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, one of the most prominent founders of the Dominion of Canada, was born in London on 6 September 1817. He died in Montreal on 19 ...

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Oscar Douglas Skelton

Overview page. Subjects: Economics — History of the Americas.

(1878–1941).

The son of an Ontario teacher and small businessman, Skelton was a Queen's University professor and administrator, 1909–25, doubling as a public intellectual, writing...

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Pierre Boucher

Overview page. Subjects: Economics — History of the Americas.

(1622–1717), soldier, governor, author, and archetype of the settler ideal.

Emigrating from France with his parents at 13, he married a Native as his first wife, sired a large...

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public ownership

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas — Economics.

Ownership of enterprises by the government, or a government-controlled body. This may include direct operation by the central government, as for example with military establishments or the...

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Thomas Douglas

Overview page. Subjects: Economics — History of the Americas.

(1771–1820)

Douglas was born at St Mary's Isle, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, the youngest son of Duncan Hamilton Douglas, 4th Earl of Selkirk, and Helen Hamilton Douglas. He died 8...

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