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Atlantic Provinces

(Encyclopedia) Atlantic Provinces, term used since 1949 to designate the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador , Nova Scotia , New Brunswick , and…

Westminster Conference

(Encyclopedia) Westminster Conference, 1866–67, held in London to settle the plan for confederation of the Canadian provinces. The resolutions on confederation that had been framed at…

British North America Act

(Encyclopedia) British North America Act, law passed by the British Parliament in 1867 that provided for the unification of the Canadian provinces into the dominion of Canada. Until…

Monck, Charles Stanley, 4th Viscount

(Encyclopedia) Monck, Charles Stanley, 4th Viscount mŭngk [key], 1819–94, governor-general of Canada, b. Ireland. An Irish peer, he was elected (1852) to the British House of…

Mercier, Honoré

(Encyclopedia) Mercier, Honoré ōnôrā´ mĕrsyā´ [key], 1840–94, Canadian political leader, b. Quebec prov. Opposing confederation (1867) on the ground that unification of the Canadian…

New York Central RR

(Encyclopedia) New York Central RR, U.S. transportation compay formed in 1853 by the consolidation of many small New York state railroads. In 1867, Cornelius Vanderbilt became president…

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

(Encyclopedia) Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, railroad system in much of the United States (except the Northeast) and in S Canada, created in 1995 from the merger of Burlington…

Francophonie, La

(Encyclopedia) Francophonie, La, officially the International Organization of the Francophonie, Fr. Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), an…

Sir John A. Macdonald

John A. Macdonald was born in Scotland, then emigrated to Canada as a young boy. After practicing law in Kingston, Ontario, Macdonald went into politics and during the 1860s championed the…

Acadia

(Encyclopedia) Acadia əkā´dēə [key], Fr. Acadie, region and former French colony, E Canada, encompassing modern Nova Scotia but also New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island,…