Imperialism in North America

By ab97
  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to Jan 1, 1500

    Europeans begin exploring

    European countries are at war and most are in debt so they try to explore new places with better goods to pay their debt. They also see the benefits of colonies around the world in Africe and East Asia and later North America
  • Aug 3, 1490

    Christopher Colombus Arrives in North America

    Colombus had his motivation to find a shorter way to Asian (mainly India and China or the silk road) but instead he ended up in North America. This is one very important beginning because Colombus begins the imperialism in North America; indirectly.
  • Quebec City Established by Samuel de Champlain

    Champlain had his motivation to claim North America for the French and do that he needed people to populate the area he wanted to claim. As cities were established in North America more people would arrive, populating the area and have more affect and more of a voice against Aboriginals.
  • Missionaires Began Arriving in North America

    Missionaires had their motivation to spread their Christian religion. When missinoaires arrived in North America they started spreading the Christian worldview toward others. This was one way Europeans excused themselves for doing the things they were doing; Christian worldview.
  • English leave Quebec

    The English leave Quebec. Now Quebec has a bigger French population and the Aboriginals in Quebec don't have wars against each other. This is because the French and English were at war and Aboriginals would have to pick sides and they would fight each other, but now Quebec is a little safer; internally.
  • New France Established

    Another major city for imperial trade in North America. There were two motivations, populating North America with French population and establish a main trading post.
  • Hudson's Bay Company created

    When the Hudson Bay Company was a very important step and played a major role in the imperialism of North America. HBC was one a major trading company which encouraged and practiced imperialism in north America. The motivation behind the creating of HBC was the want for profit by establishing a trading company.
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    Industrial Revolution

    The industrial revolution made it easier to navigate and easier to explore and find North America. It also made it more nesscessary for merchants to want more goods because now they have the tools so they want more goods to make more profit. This way the first nations resources would get exploited at a faster rate.
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    Treaties signed with first nations

    Treaties were signed between first nations and Europeans (French and English) These included the numbered treaties
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    Adam Smith

    As Adam Smith came up with his ideas about capitalism the ideas of mercantilism evetually wasn't used anymore and the colonies became more independant. This was also during the industrial revolution and was helped by the technologies evolving.
  • Royal Proclamation

    Britain stated that they will not expand further west into north america. This benefited both Britain and the first nations.
    First nations felt secure about their lands
    Britsh saved money instead of spending it on colonies.
    This policy shows the development of European colonies in the east and temporarly gives first nations in the praries and the west more time before they're "taken over"
  • Illegal to kill Beothuk

    Before this law was made the Beothuk were killed by Europeans without facing criminal charges. This policy was made to protect the Beothuk as they were becoming extinct, unfortunatly this policy wasn't enfoces fast enough and the Beothuk did become extinct.
  • Northwest Company Created

    Another very important event in the imperialism of North America. When the Northwest Company was established it spread Europe's economic power to North America. The main motivation behind the creation of the NWC is for business and money but it was also to spread the European culture through goods and business.
  • Jesuits Land in North America

    Jesuits had their motivations of spreading their Christian religion in North America. Some first nations gave up their beliefs and became Christian losing a very important aspect of their traditional culture.
  • BNA Act & confederation

    BNA Act and confederation was a policy that made Canada an independant country. This meant that the economic system of mercantilism would dissappear slowly. First nations now would be in the hands of the Canadian government and not the British government.
  • Indian Act

    The Indian act was a policy, giving and taking away rights of the first nations. Some of the things the Indian Act stated were:
    Indians cannot get off their reserves without written permission
    It was made illegal to practice traditional cermonies
  • Indian Act (Ammended)

    The Indian act was a policy that was changed several times to compeltely assimilate first nations, the main amendment was first nations kids must go to residential schools therefore the first nations would lose their culture over the course of one genereation.
  • Canada's First Prime Minister

    John A. McDonald was Canada's first prime minister and now he has the power to do what he wants to Canada and he had his vision of assimilating all first nations through the policices he creates
  • Indian Act (Ammended)

    Another time the Indian Act was revised.
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Completed

    Now it's easier for Europeans to travel in North America. The royal proclamation no longer holds true. This railway had two motivations, Military protection against the US and colonizing the west.
  • Lesser Slave Lake Treaty

  • Constitution Act

    Just another name for the BNA Act but it was revised so now it has the charter of rights and freedom which give first nations colective rights.