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Canada has a rich and diverse history, dating back thousands of years to the indigenous peoples who first inhabited the land. European explorers first arrived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, with the French establishing settlements in present-day Quebec and the English in Newfoundland. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris resulted in France ceding its territory in Canada to the British.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the British and French fought for control of the territory, with the British ultimately prevailing. In 1867, the British North America Act united the colonies of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into the Dominion of Canada, with the goal of self-government.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Canada experienced significant economic and population growth, and began to establish its own identity separate from Britain. During World War I and World War II, Canada played a significant role in the Allied efforts and made significant contributions to the war effort.

In 1949, Canada officially became a self-governing nation within the British Commonwealth, and in 1982, the Canada Act was passed, which effectively made Canada fully independent from Britain.

Throughout the 20th century, Canada has been known for its strong social welfare programs, universal healthcare, and commitment to multiculturalism. Today, Canada is a diverse, prosperous, and peaceful nation, and continues to play an important role on the global stage.

Below, you can read about Canada’s history with more detail. Shoot us a message if it leaves any of your questions about Canada’s history unanswered!

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