Places of Last Resort: The Expansion of the Farm Frontier into the Boreal Forest in Canada, c. 1910-1940

Places of Last Resort: The Expansion of the Farm Frontier into the Boreal Forest in Canada, c. 1910-1940

by J. David Wood

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Northerly locations were desperately sought out after more accessible land further south was taken up. Wood identifies the demographic characteristics of the surging population of land-seekers, showing how some aspects echoed those of earlier settlers. The northern settlers of the interwar years grappled with demanding conditions, which required new adaptations. They were supported in their efforts by politicians, bureaucrats, and religious leaders who had less than innocent reasons for endorsing what were questionable settlement experiments in unopened or abandoned areas. The book includes a series of gripping case studies to illustrate both the face of failure and what appear to have been the ingredients for success in marginal areas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773578098
Publisher: MQUP
Publication date: 07/06/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

J. David Wood is professor of geography, York University, and the author of several books including Making Ontario: Agricultural Colonization and Landscape Re-Creation before the Railway.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Illustrations     ix
Preface     xiii
The Impulse to Expand the Farm Frontier     3
New Territory, New People     21
Old Nature and the Challenges to Farm Settlement     51
Frontier Myth and Self-serving Agendas     73
Living the Marginal Experience, from Abitibi to Peace River     106
Reflecting on the Expansion into Marginal Lands     164
The Frontier as Male Territory     183
The Canada Land Inventory Maps     187
Notes     189
Bibliography     219
Index     239

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