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Canadian Theme Unit
A New Country



A New Country
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.79

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     challenging words:    british, kanata, link, self-ruling, longer, colony, goods, caption, unfair, west, sell, railroad, government, power, join, follow
     content words:    Canada July, Then France, Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Edward Island, Quebec City


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A New Country
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: Map of the Provinces of Canada July 1, 1867 to July 15, 1870
 
2     Canada was a colony at first. That meant another country made her laws.
 
3     At first, it was a French colony. Then France and England had a war. The English won. The colony of Canada became England's.
 
4     Over the years, the colony grew. Some people spoke English. Some of the people spoke French. The colony was split. One part became Upper Canada. One part became Lower Canada.
 
5     This made the people happy for a while. Before long, they began to be unhappy again. This time it was with the government. Some people thought the laws were unfair. They wanted things changed. They wanted reform.
 
6     Finally things were changed. Instead of two colonies, there were six. Upper and Lower Canada were joined. They became the Province of Canada. Parts of Lower Canada became other provinces. These were New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. British Columbia was on the west coast.
 
7     They were all colonies, but not countries. Do you know how to tell them apart? A country makes its own laws. It can make treaties with other countries.
 
8     A colony cannot make treaties. It has to follow the laws of its mother country. Canada's mother country was England.
 
9     Many people in Canada wanted changes. They were tired of being a colony. They did not want someone else making laws for them. They wanted to make their own treaties.

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