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.
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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
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