Historical Significance

Act Of Union (1840)

Event or Person that is historically significant in this source

Lord Durham, British, French-Canadian, Catholic, Louis-Joseph Papineau


Act of Union was enacted in July 1840 and proclaimed February 10, 1841 it abolished the legislatures of Lower and Upper Canada.

Act of Union

After the Rebellions of 1837 and 1838 in Upper and Lower Canada the British Government sent Lord Durham to study the situation in the British North America colonies. Lord Durham recommended in particular that the two Canadian provinces he united the two Canadian's to be a single province.

Lord Durham was sent to the colonies to examine the causes of the Rebellions of 1837 in both Upper and Lower Canada. Lord Durham wanted to re-instate peace throughout the colonies, and recommended a political union.

Who is Lord Durham

Lord Durham is the person who united the provinces named the Upper and Lower Canada

Upper Canada

A group of wealthy English Canadian families known as the "Family Compact" help power in the councils appointed by the governor. A province that got united to the other province named Lower Canada

Lower Canada

A group of wealthy English merchants known as the "Chateau Clique" held power in the councils appointed by the British governor. The Lower Canada experienced a sickness named cholera epidemic, it was brought by the British and Irish immigrants who landed at Quebec. The epidemic devastated Quebec, And it almost killed alot people or nearly five thousand people.

Why is Act of Union so significant to me.

Because act of union is between Canada and British and it inspires me because my dad is British and I want to know more and study more about British and this is why it's important to me. And its full of history That you want to learn.


"Act of Union 1840." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 04 Dec. 2014. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.

Rees, David.

Our Canada: Origins, Peoples, Perspectives. Scarborough, Ont.: Thomson Nelson, 2006. Print.