upper and lower canada

upper and lower canada

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  • Life on a pioneer homestead was dark and quiet with little roads and everyone had a strong sense of community to survive.
  • When pioneers came to Canada they did not know that the good land would be claimed by land speculators and absentee landlords
  • The family compact: a small, tight knit group of the upper-class officials in Upper Canada unfairly ruled the government. They decided who got government jobs and the spending of taxes.
  • Colonial Government: Indirectly run from Britain. Power was held by a small group of influential and rich men ( the family compact). This is called an oligarchy which told the governor who was appointed by Britian. The Constitutional Act in 1791 divided Upper and Lower Canada.
  • The land compact: people came to farm land but it was taken by absentee landlords and land speculators. People who came got bad land and were really angry about this. The best land was owned by people in the Family Compact. To a colonist, land was everything.
  • Aristocrats in Canada owned large land estates. The British Government wanted Canada to duplicate the way that Britain worked. They did not want Canadians to acquire American attitudes and values.
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