Maritimes means new brunswick, nova scotia, prince edward island. It has a been effect on the economy. The other factors, prairies, mines, weather surprising we have managed so neatly to avoid that: look at the technology, like beaver traps and bows and arrows or mine drills and oil derricks. Technological diffusion is a slow process as it moves from one culture to another. You want to see how the staple led to further settlement and civilization. Track ecology, technology and look at the institutions. Their were stories as early as 1300s that there were vast fisheries across the atlantic. People in northern france and the basques in spain had fished from the early days. They sent boats over and found rich fisheries. But they didn"t tell everyone else about it because they will spoil it. So their aren"t any documents or proof that people came over.