By Jonathan Wagner
Human migration figures prominently in smooth global historical past, and has performed a pivotal function in shaping the Canadian nationwide country. but whereas a lot has been written approximately Canada's multicultural history, little realization has been paid to German migrants even though they compose Canada's 3rd biggest eu ethnic minority. A historical past of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 addresses that hole within the list. Jonathan Wagner considers why Germans left their domestic state, why they selected to settle in Canada, who assisted their passage, and the way they crossed the sea to their new domestic, in addition to how the Canadian govt perceived and solicited them as immigrants. He examines the German context as heavily as advancements in Canada, delivering a brand new, extra whole method of German-Canadian immigration. This ebook will attract scholars of German Canadiana, in addition to to these attracted to Canadian ethnic background, and eu and smooth foreign migration.
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23 Although Canada's industrial development appeared modest compared to Germany's, the country showed, as noted above, an impressive advance in transportation technology and infrastructure. 24 The expansion of the rail system, in turn, stimulated growth not only in related industries but also in agriculture. By tying the distant parts of the Canadian farm economy to the country's growing population centres, rail lines greatly advanced marketing possibilities for formerly isolated frontier producers.
In it, two houses are depicted on one page. The "old farmhouse" is a simple log cabin in the forest with the family members busy at humble tasks: the father chops down a tree, while the mother stands over a cooking fire in the clearing before the Migration in the 1850s and 1860s house. The page's lower portion presents the "new farmhouse/' an elaborate two-storey home with a second-floor balcony, arched windows and doors in both levels, a pillared porch extending off the building's right side, and appropriately elaborate outbuildings behind the main house.
Importantly, farmers working their own land produced the agricultural products so necessary for the country's existence. The romantic ideal of the simple, self-reliant, selfrespecting peasant landowner was thus being widely realized in Canada. Moreover, these independent Canadian farmers wrested more than a meagre living from the soil. Toiling happily on their own land, they turned the wilderness into enchanting little Arcadias. An 1865 report in the Allgemeine Auswanderungszeitung nicely described what happened after a settler had taken possession of the land: "In the course of a few years an unbelievable transformation takes place.
A History of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 by Jonathan Wagner