Sleeping with the Elephant – Canada in North AmericaThere’s an old axiom in political science that ‘Geography is Destiny.’ This is true for no country like it is for Canada. Not only is Canada’s climate and geography arguably the most challenging in the world, its single contiguous neighbor is the richest, most powerful country on the planet. Such proximity to the United States is bound to influence Canada on multiple levels and, ultimately, its destiny. But the U.S. hasn’t always been dominant. In modern Canada’s early history, Franceand Britain vied for control. In this lesson we look at the major themes in Canada’s development as a North American state beginning with the early European explorersand moving through the 19thcentury when Canada’s founding fathers feared the emerging super power to the south’s rapacious appetite for economic growth and territorial expansion. This lesson is only a framework. In future lessons we will see how Canada has resisted -- mostly unsuccessfully -- being pulled into the American orbit. Today
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