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Canadian History 

Explore the history of Canada, a large country in the northernmost part of North America, which is home to large populations of First Nations people as well as people of British and French heritage.

The French were the first explorers to establish permanent European settlements in Canada, but the British became culturally and politically dominant after Britain defeated France in the French and Indian War (1754–1763), bringing the territory of Canada into the British Empire. The English dominance created tension with the French population, which was concentrated in what would become the province of Quebec. This tension created a secession movement within Quebec that advocated for Quebec to become its own country starting in the 1960s. As of 2019, voting referenda for secession had been defeated.

In 1931, the Statute of Westminster made Canada independent from the British Empire except in certain areas of government. Canada achieved full independence with the Constitution Act of 1982. Under the Constitution Act, the British monarch remains the sovereign of Canada and head of state. In addition to its close ties to the United Kingdom, Canada is also a strong ally and trading partner of the United States, with whom it shares the longest border in the world.

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Canadian History Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to advance the study of Canadian History, including databasesprimary source archives and eBooks.


Ideal for school, academic, and public libraries, Gale databases offer researchers access to credible, up-to-date content from Canadian history databases, including full-text articles covering a broad range of Canadian topics. 


Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources contains archives and collections that provide researchers with firsthand content that can be used to examine and analyze the evolution of Canada over time.  

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of Canadian history topics, including geography, government, and more.  Users can add  Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint relevant content. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1st Edition

    Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1st Edition

    Grey House Publishing Canada | 2011 | ISBN-13: 9781592378319

    Provides information on both federal and provincial governments, courts, and their elected and appointed members. Provides descriptions of each of the institutions, including brief historical information and biographical sketches of their members and staff. Covers the results of all federal general elections and by-elections from confederations to the present.

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  • History Of Canada, 2nd Edition

    History of Canada, 2nd Edition

    Grey House Publishing | 2011 | ISBN-13: 9781592376117

    This beautifully written narrative history paints a magnificent picture of the second-largest nation on earth. Canada, with its overarching geography of over 1 million bodies of water, endless prairies, frozen reaches of the north, and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, holds many stunning lands. Canada, as displayed here, has a truly complex and intricate image.

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