The Great Migration

The Most Historical Significant Event in Canadian History


Bad Conditions in Europe

When the famine hit Ireland, many people immigrated to Canada. It includes British, Irish, and Welsh people. Many people lost their farms and machines replaced their jobs. The British government offered the people ships immigrate to Canada. The immigration lasted for 35 years, and many people board the ships to Canada, but many people died on board.

Poor Passengers on Coffin Ships

The weather was terrible, people got seasick and many were vomiting. on many ships, people were expected to bring their own food and cooked their meals in a small kitchen. If the weather was very bad, it would take twice as much time to arrive in Canada. If the families didn't bring enough food, they will die from hunger.


Cholera was first seen in Lower Canada in early 1832. Nobody knows what caused the disease or how it spreads. The government set up a quarantine at Grosse Ile, about 50 kilometres downstream from Quebec. Anyone who is ill must stay there until they get well.

Historical Significance

I think the Great Migration is the most historical significant event in Canada, because it effected the most people. The Royal Proclamation, the Battle on the Plains of Abraham, and the War of 1812 is also historical significance, but they were not as important and affected less people than the Great Migration.


Rees, David. Our Canada: Origins, Peoples, Perspectives. Scarborough, Ont.: Thomson Nelson, 2006. 201-05. Print.

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