By Jonathan Wagner
Human migration figures prominently in smooth global background, and has performed a pivotal position in shaping the Canadian nationwide kingdom. but whereas a lot has been written approximately Canada's multicultural historical past, little cognizance has been paid to German migrants even though they compose Canada's 3rd greatest ecu ethnic minority. A background of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 addresses that hole within the checklist. Jonathan Wagner considers why Germans left their domestic state, why they selected to settle in Canada, who assisted their passage, and the way they crossed the sea to their new domestic, in addition to how the Canadian govt perceived and solicited them as immigrants. He examines the German context as heavily as advancements in Canada, delivering a brand new, extra whole method of German-Canadian immigration. This e-book will entice scholars of German Canadiana, in addition to to these attracted to Canadian ethnic heritage, and ecu and sleek overseas migration.
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Any immigrant, regardless of personal wealth, could realize material well-being in this "land of unlimited opportunities"; the only requirement for success was determination and hard work. And once ensconced in America, the new citizen would enjoy a social equality and mobility unlike anything available in Europe. "50 Nearly equal in importance to the propaganda produced by the states and transportation firms for shaping German opinion was the romanticized frontier literary tradition exported to Germany from America.
In nearly every romantic description of Canada that appeared in Germany from the period before the Hudson's Bay lands were added to the dominion, the country appeared as a huge, sparsely settled land dominated by primeval forests (Urwald). Europeans were present, but their settlements had barely scratched the surface of the vast uncharted land. At this time, the broader concept of Canada included not only Upper and Lower Canada (later Ontario and Quebec) but also the eastern provinces New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.
Free Canadian land available for any intended settler certainly acted as a powerful inducement, but the reasons many emigrants ended up in Canada can only be described as fortuitous. Those, for example, who intended to settle in the United States but landed in Quebec rather than New York and then decided after disembarking, for whatever reason, to remain in Canada would qualify as fortuitous emigrants. Evidence indicates significant numbers of these. Reasons for remaining in Canada ranged from insufficient funds to finish the original journey, to fatigue or sickness caused by the voyage from Germany that prevented further travel, to approval of the country and people encountered in Canada that induced them to stay on.