History 2201E Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: William Van Horn, United States Territorial Acquisitions

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Published on 26 Jun 2012
School
Western University
Department
History
Course
History 2201E
Lecture 12 Part 3 Westward Expansion
Westward Expansion and the CPR
o Huge amounts of advertising, both inside and outside Canada
o Land was extremely cheap
160 acres for a $10 patent fee and promise to improve the land
within 3 years (working it, etc.)
o Canadian Pacific Railway
Had to start to get people out west
Liberals completely against it too expensive
“Rash and disastrous step for a handful of people”
Sir Stanford Fleming
Surveyor for the CPR, engineer-in-chief
Building and surveying was a huge and difficult task
The land that they just treated for with the Natives was sold off
to private companies to build the railroad
Cash subsidy offered to get people to build the CPR
$30 million in cash offered
Toronto Group and Montreal Group stepped up early in
1873 to build the railway
TG led by Senator D. L. Macpherson and MG led by Sir
Hugh Allen
Sir Hugh Allen had American connections and used
American money to get the contract; illegal and is what
brought the McDonald government down
1879 Construction
William Van Horn the manager of the construction
Incentive reduced to $25 million and 25 million acres
offered
Starts in North Bay and reaches Winnipeg
o Extremely expensive, even McDonald getting
nervous about how expensive it was
Huge snare: Métis resistance and rebellion again
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Westward expansion and the cpr: huge amounts of advertising, both inside and outside canada, land was extremely cheap. 160 acres for a patent fee and promise to improve the land within 3 years (working it, etc. : canadian pacific railway. Had to start to get people out west. Liberals completely against it too expensive. Rash and disastrous step for a handful of people . Building and surveying was a huge and difficult task. The land that they just treated for with the natives was sold off to private companies to build the railroad. Cash subsidy offered to get people to build the cpr. Toronto group and montreal group stepped up early in. Tg led by senator d. l. macpherson and mg led by sir. Sir hugh allen had american connections and used. American money to get the contract; illegal and is what brought the mcdonald government down. William van horn the manager of the construction.

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