Why did creating the country of Canada take so long?
Why did they wait until 1867 to create Canada?
- capitalgentlemanLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
Canada was created in large part as a result of the US Civil War. The USA had a large, experienced army that could easily invaded the British colonies one at a time. They had invaded during their Revolutionary War, and again in 1812, and allowed the Fenians to raid in the 1850's. So, things looked pretty grim with that big army down there! Combining the colonies into one large country would be harder for the Americans to invade.
Even then, things were slow. We were under the British Crown until 1931, when the King/Queen of Canada title was invented. The Citizenship Act, creating Canadian citizens came in 1947. Full independence came in 1981. And, the Queen of Canada, while a Canadian citizen, lives elsewhere still to this day.
Canadians move very slowly to make constitutional change. But, in so doing, we get it right!
- John PLv 74 years ago
Hey, come on, quite a bit of that part of the world had scarcely been explored in 1867.
Note also that Australia was not made into a full country until 1901, and that two states were added to the USA in the late 1950s.
Note also that 17 new countries were created in Europe or on its edges in the 1990s, and remember that that part of the world was occupied by ancestors of modern Europeans thousands of years before Europeans knew that any part of the Americas existed.
- Anonymous4 years ago
It was a low priority for England. And Canada's population was small.
- Anonymous4 years ago
The country was there for a LONG time but they had trouble deciding on a name for it.....in the end they decided just to write each letter of the alphabet on a piece of paper, put them all in a hat, then pull them out one at a time until it spelled an acceptable-sounding name....
That's what they did, and read each letter out loud as they did so;
"C, eh?....N, eh?.....D, eh?"
And now you know!
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- Elaine MLv 74 years ago
You mean 'set the borders'. Dude, it was 1867, that's the time of our Civil War. It was NOT modern times with modern technology, they still used wind powered sailing ships that took 2 months to cross the Atlantic.
- OscarLv 74 years ago
- 4 years ago
Canada is not really a country dontcha know.
- IkeLv 74 years ago
The hills were alive with the sound of music and it made them nervous.