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in the fulness of youth, the Canadian West is but a great child, precocious and vigorous, whose growth stupefies statisticians every time they take its measure. It is, in very truth, the “America of To-morrow.”

Until 1869 there was a little corner of land there, equal in extent to about half of Europe, of which the rest of the world, and, above all, the Canadian Government, ignored the riches and almost the very existence. Since 1670, or for two hundred years, it had belonged to the Hudson Bay Company, to whom it was granted by King Charles II, and which drew an enormous revenue from its fur trade. It was carefully kept in all its wildness; a few officers in the forts, which served also as stores, and the traders who roamed the prairie in search of Indians from whom they bought pelts at ridiculously low prices, these were the only representatives of civilization, the only instruments of development. A treasure of such a size could not however be kept forever hidden. The missionaries who penetrated farther and farther into the West, taught their savage or half-breed neophytes how to cultivate the ground, and they saw the fertility of the soil and made no secret of it. They were borne out by some explorers, and the Dominion, perceiving what an enormous future lay before these lands, opened negotiations with the powerful Company, which ended in allowing them to retain their forts and trading stations and 7,000,000 acres of land, while the rest reverted to the Government for an indemnity of $1,500,000—not too big a price for a piece of property containing some 400,000,000 acres,

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Title
America of to-morrow,
Other Title
America of tomorrow
Contributor Names
Klein, Félix, 1862-1953.
Wilkins, Ernest Hatch, 1880-1966.
Created / Published
Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co., 1911.
Subject Headings
-  United States--Description and travel
-  National characteristics, American
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xii, 359 p. front. (port.) 22 cm.
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E168 .K655
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11027765
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English
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