By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 1, 2022) – In Issue 2022-116 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the beginnings of Canada’s independence as we head into our own Independence Day (4th of July) celebration.

Canada Day

Today is Canada Day, enthusiastically celebrated up north.  This day marks an important milestone towards Canada’s independence. 

The British North America Act passed on 1 July, 1867 combining three colonies into a single Dominion called Canada.  This gave the locals greater control over their governance.

The three colonies joining were Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and United Canadas.  The last one later broke into two parts, now known as Ontario and Quebec.

Full sovereignty wasn’t achieved by our northern neighbors until 1982.

Here is Tallis’s 1850 map of Canada.  As it predates the establishment of Canada Day, Canada is called British America on the map.

1850 map of British America – now known as Canada (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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