Annotated Immigration Timeline

Timeline created by Faith O
In History
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot
    John Cabot (1497)also known as Giovanni Caboto was an explorer and navigator in North America. He set sail in May 1498, and his disappearance has been a mystery ever since. In 1497, John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Canada, mistaken the North American country for Asia. After the Norse explorers in 1000 CE, John and his crew were the second group of Europeans to reach Canada. Although John didn’t get what he had hoped for from the trade route, he did manage to find an enormous fishery in Canada.
  • Jesuit

    Jesuit
    A society found in 1534 by a man named Ignatius Loyola. Jesuits came to Canada as missionaries and their mission was to teach English and Christianity to the indigenous people of Canada, they wanted to teach people “the way”. They learned the language and costums of the Hurons in order to get closer to them and make it easier to teach them. Father Jean-Joseph Casot the last Canadian Jesuit dead 1800 at Quebec.
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    Filles du Roi

    Filles du Roi also known as kings’ daughters are unmarried women who immigrated to New France under the king’s sponsorship to give birth and multiply in hopes to correct the gender imbalance. The king took care if their travel costs. He gave them allowance of 100 pound each; 10 in recruitment free, 30 to gather a trousseau and 60 for their passage. The women were mostly recruited from La Rochelle, Rouen and Paris.
  • Germans settle Luneburg

    Germans settle Luneburg
    Germans speaking settlers arrived in western Canada. More than 1000 Germans arrived in Nova Scotia from 1750 - 1752. Most settlers came to the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Around 1874 - 1911 more than 100 German settlements had being secured by the beginning of WWI
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    Seven Year War

    First global conflict also known in America as the French and Indian war. The war started around Ohio river in 1754. It was a fight over territory between the English and French, which was fought on both sea and land.
  • Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad
    Harriet Tubman who was born into slavery in Maryland, was one of the most famous underground railway conductor. She led hundreds of the slaves into freedom.
    System of cooperation among active African-Americans to escape slavery from the slave into Canada. The underground railroad was in operation from late 18th century to the civil war. Isaac T. Hopper was a Quaker set up networks in Philadelphia to help slave escape.
  • Surplus Children

    Surplus Children
    Robert Chambers, a police man told British Parliament "I concede that London has got too full of children" there was an alarming numbers of youngsters that were victims to London chronic poverty. Robert recommended that the surplus children should be sent to Canada as farm labor, in hopes to reduce the children in poverty.
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    First Wave of Japanese Immigration

    Issei, who were the first generation of the Japanese immigration who came from Manzo Nagano, Japan before arriving in British Columbia. Immigrants arriving in Canada up until 1907 were mostly men, which caused Canada to say that no more than 400 men could immigrate to Canada from Japan per year. This was also known as the "Gentlemen's Agreement".
  • Hungarian Uprising

    Hungarian Uprising
    Resolution to demand freedom of speech and election from their Republic and soviet policy. Thousands were killed which forced millions to fled the country to Canada after the government collapsed and they were viciously crushed by the soviet troops on November 4, 1956. First refugees to fled Hungary after the uprising landed in Vancouver on December 4, 1956
  • Canadian Pacific Railway

    Canadian Pacific Railway
    In 1968 and 1996 the Canadian Pacific Railway was known as CP rails. The railway was completed in 1885 it was the first transcontinental railway in Canada which played a huge role in the nation’s development.
  • West Indian Immigration

    West Indian Immigration
    In the late 18 century people from the Caribbean region began to settle in Canada. They were also known as “Black Canadians”. Up to 600 maroon men and women arrived in Halifax in 1796 after a British man attempted to enslave them in Jamaica. Small number of Jamaicans immigrated to work in cape Breton as laborer’s around 1900’s
  • Fall of Saigon

    Fall of Saigon
    Fall of Saigon which was the year Saigon (capital of South Vietnam) fell. This forced many refugees to risk their lives to escape in the years that followed. Canada accepted over 98,000 refugees from Saigon, helping them have a safe place to live. April 30 has been said to be “Freedom Day” since 2015 for the Vietnamese refugees.