Introduces the geography, history, government, economy, culture and people of Canada.
Children's LiteratureSecond only to Russia in size, Canada contains about 20 percent of the world's remaining wilderness areas. Most of its land is undeveloped and in the arctic north. Nevertheless, Canadians enjoy one of the world's highest standards of living. Sided by the United States to the south and three oceans—the Pacific, the Arctic, and the Atlantic—Canada can be divided into seven distinctive geographic areas. English and French settlers arrived in Canada in the 1500s, and ethnic tensions between the two rival groups broke into warfare several times in the 1700s as Great Britain and France vied for control. Today Canada is a bilingual country, with English and French being its official languages. Canada's federal government system is based on the parliamentary system of the United Kingdom. Economically, the country is strong both as a manufacturing country and as an agricultural producer, especially of wheat, and is rich in other natural resources, especially forestry products. Divided into sections about Canada's geography, history, economy, and culture, this book in the "Countries and Cultures" series provides a comprehensive look at the United State's northern neighbor. An index, a list of Internet resources and useful addresses, a time line, and a glossary add finishing touches to the text, as do the maps and photographs. 2002, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, Patterson
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