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  •  I'm Canadian (0+ / 0-)

    and we were only required to take two history courses in high school, none of which was Canadian-based.  Most of the history that I know about our country I learned getting my degree in political studies - however, I still feel that I know a lot more about the U.S. than a lot of Americans.

    As far as I know, we call the French and Indian War the French and Indian war - however, it's not a big focus of our history - that was 100 years before Canada was officially a country.

    "If you tolerate this, then your children will be next." - Manic Street Preachers -7.38, -7.59

    by Dave Brown on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 06:12:37 AM PDT

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      Actually, I think your history books refer to it as the Seven Years War, probably the first world war in history.

      The result of this war was the British Crown had to figure out how to keep a large number of French-speakers, who were also Catholic, happy.  

      Without those French-speakers (remember the colonists invaded Canada twice and were defeated both times), Canada may not exist. Without those French-speakers, the power of individual provinces would not be what it is today.  

      Canada has never had a historic separation of church and state.

      And, let's not forget, the great issue in Canada has been how to keep the country together.  Those large number of French speakers complicated this problem.

      This is an example I would use about how badly educated we ALL are about history when a Canadian writes that the Seven Years War was not covered in history because it was before Canada became a country.  

      Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren. Bertolt Brecht

      by MoDem on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 06:20:46 AM PDT

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