Canada: An Illustrated History

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Douglas & Mcintyre, 2008 - Canada - 288 pages
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A visually spectacular saga of the events, people and experiences that shaped a nation and the Canadian psyche.

From the early days of exploration and settlement through the building of a nation to Canada's contribution to the two world wars, this illustrated history of Canada conveys the drama and scope of the nation's past. Through accessible commentary and a wealth of images, readers discover well-known and lesser-known facets of Canadian history, including the story of Canada's first newspaper, the Halifax Gazette; the many railways (besides the Canadian Pacific) that connected people and places; the Canadian bridge that collapsed not once, but twice; and horrific disasters like the Halifax Explosion. Hayes also illuminates the people-the famous, the infamous, and the less well known-from fur traders to politicians, air aces to refugee slaves.

From famous images of the country to unknown views of everyday life, here is a visual experience every Canadian can enjoy. More than 440 illustrations accompany the text, including 200 photographs, 50-plus paintings and drawings (many by Canadian artists) and 35 historic maps, as well as posters, stamps, cartoons, stained glass and tapestries.

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About the author (2008)

Derek Hayes, a geographer by training, has a passion for old maps and what they can reveal about the past. He is the author of the best-selling Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest , which sold over 55,000 copies; the Historical Atlas of Canada , and Canada: An Illustrated History . He lives in White Rock, British Columbia.

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