British Columbia entered the Canadian Confederation in 1871 because financiers in Ottawa agreed to build a railroad through the territory within a decade, took on the territory's massive debt and provided government subsidies to help British Columbia become more solvent. The United States wanted British Columbia as reparations from the British following the American Civil War and because America purchased Alaska in 1867. The British refused the United States' demands.Know More
Amor de Cosmos was a leading proponent of British Columbia joining the confederation. His support for joining Canada was opposed by the area's elite, who still wanted to be a part of Britain. Cosmos used his influence as a newspaper owner to further the cause of joining Canada.
The British appointed Sir Anthony Musgrave as the colony's governor with the mandate that he would make this western territory part of Canada. He helped convince local residents that joining Canada was the best course of action for this sparsely populated region.
The delegation sent to Ottawa had several demands, one of which was to alleviate British Columbia's $1.5 million debt. Another major concern was transportation, so the delegation wanted a wagon trail stretching eastward. George Cartier, representing the Canadian government, surprised the British Columbians by offering to build a railroad and supplying more than $200,000 per year to finance public work projects.Learn More
The United States won the Spanish-American War. The U.S. victory ended the Spanish empire in the Western Hemisphere and enlarged the territory of the United States, giving it a territorial imperial foothold in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >
Hard work in the farming, forestry or mineral mining industries filled most days in the Pennsylvania colony. It held a diverse population that was religiously pious and hard working.Full Answer >
The land that became New Hampshire was granted to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason in 1622 by the Council for New England. The first settlement on this territory was made in 1623 by a group of English fishermen led by David Thomson. They named this settlement Pannaway Plantation.Full Answer >
As of 2014, four U.S. presidents have been successfully assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. A further six presidents have faced failed assassination attempts, including Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.Full Answer >