The Act of Union

By: Timothy Wong -- The Joining of Upper and Lower Canada

The Act of Union - How Upper and Lower Canada Joined Together:

The Act of Union was the joining of Upper and Lower Canada under one place and government. This event was based on the Durham's Report because Lord Durham wanted Upper and Lower Canada to have peace and become friends. Another reason Lord Durham (British) wanted Upper and Lower Canada to join together was that British could increase the amount of land, so they could rule over and be the government of Province of Canada since British people (Lord Durham) had started this event.

Place, Object or People that are Historically Significant to The Act of Union:

  1. Upper Canada (including people in there)
  2. Lower Canada (including people in there)
  3. Lord Durham and his report
  4. British and French government
  5. People/ citizens that were in Upper and Lower Canada (that were involve)

Resulting in Change

Profundity - How Were People Affected by The Act of Union?

  • The French would have to listen to British because they were following Britain's rule after Lower Canada was united to Upper Canada.
  • French and British would have to share the same rule.
  • Two countries would have to change their rules so that the two countries can agree on it.
  • Their voting, elections etc. system would have to change.

Quantity - How Many People's Lives were Affected?

  • French
  • British
  • Citizens, government, councils etc. in British and French.
  • The people that have power and/or governments.

Durability-How Long Lasting were the Changes?

This event only lasted for one year (1840-1841). But I think that this event had lasted until today because The Act of Union had brought up an important role of Canadian history. For example......
  1. The Act of Union had created some colonies.
  2. Upper Canada and Lower Canada were the first use of the word "Canada" in it. The Act of Union had then combined the two parts united under one name (Province of Canada). When it was the time of Confederation, the new country assumed the name of Canada because of the name-Province of Canada.
  3. The Act of Union was also an event that led to the way of forming Canada's first province.
  4. Later in 1867, the Province of Canada was split into two provinces, namely Quebec and Ontario which were two of the first provinces in Canada's history. The two of the provinces still lasted until today. Because the new provinces had appeared, the country - Canada was formed. This is why I think the Act of Union had lasted until now.

Revealing

How Does The Act of Union Shed Light on Enduring or Emerging Issues in History or Contemporary Life?

The Act of Union had joined the English-speaking provinces of Upper Canada and the French-speaking province of Lower Canada into one piece. It had brought two countries that doesn't like each other together. This still happens today, (e.g. Japan doesn't like China, South Korea doesn't like North Korea etc.) so it is important that somebody needs to do something to bring them together.

Tell us about history: It is possible that two or more places can go together although they don't like each other.

Tell us about now: There are still countries that doesn't like each other. (So it's important to bring them together like The Act of Union.)

I Think The Act of Union is the most Historically Significant Because......

  1. (I think) it had lasted from 1840 until now. (Durability.)
  2. This kind of situation still happens today. (Revealing.)
  3. Canada was named because of the word/name: Province of Canada.
  4. This had linked into our history. (Quebec and Ontario - today's provinces that still exist: Durability section and Canada maps above.)
  5. This had taught us some facts about the government and rules. (How French had to listen to a British government and change its rules.)

Other Events that I Searched:

War of 1812:
  • The War of 1812 was a military conflict between the U.S and Britain. This was happened because Britain had shut down trades between them selfs (Britain) to Americans.

Quebec Act:

  • Quebec Act was an act that enlarged the boundaries of Quebec.

The Great Migration:

  • Great Migration is the act that people had moved (many people) from British to Canada since British had faced many bad situations. (Famine, Unemployments, Industrial Revolution etc.)

References and Sources of my Four Events that I Choose:

The Act of Union:
  • "Act of Union." The Canadian Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "Origin of the Name - Canada." - Anthems and Symbols. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "Canadian Geographic: Historical Maps 1873." Canadian Geographic: Historical Maps 1873. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "The Colony of the United Province of Canada - Confederation By: Adam Green."Confederation By: Adam Green. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "Act of Union 1840-41." History of Canada. Wikispaces, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
War of 1812:
  • "War of 1812." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "War of 1812." The Canadian Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
The Quebec Act:
  • "Quebec Act." The Canadian Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "Quebec Act." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
The Great Migration:
  • "Learn about Confederation." Learn about Confederation. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "Great Migration of Canada 1815-1850." Map Your History, Make New Connections and Gain New Insights for Your Family Local or Special Interest Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.