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Canada

Overview page. Subjects: History.

An increasingly multicultural population largely free from racial tension

Canada is, after Russia, the world's second largest country, though much is barren and sparsely populated....

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Fraser River gold rush

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

In February 1858 the ss Otter arrived in San Francisco from Victoria carrying 800 ounces of gold. Rumours of a new Eldorado to the north began to circulate, sparking the ...

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New Caledonia

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

On seeing the area that would become British Columbia for the first time, fur trader Simon Fraser named it ‘New Caledonia’ because it reminded him of his mother's descriptions of ...

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Vancouver

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

Canada's third-largest city, founded in 1886 as the terminus of the first national railway. Its many theatrical venues include three city-owned theatres: the 2,900-seat Queen Elizabeth...

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Vancouver Island

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

A stroke of the imperial pen brought the colony into official existence on 13 January 1849. This administrative act formalized the changes brought about by territorial expansion and trade...

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Victoria

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

British Columbia's capital projects a clear image: a bit of 19th-century England where snow rarely falls and the hectic pace of modern life is absent. This beguiling construction belies a...

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