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How the Scots Invented Canada by Ken McGoogan

How the Scots Invented Canada. Harper Collins. 384 pages.

How the Scots Invented Canada by Ken McGooganHowever you enter the history of Canada — through exploration, politics, business, education, or literature – you find Scots and their descendants playing a leading role. Yet Canadians of Scottish origin, who today total 4.7 million, have never made up more than sixteen per cent of the country’s population. Baffled by this, Ken McGoogan set out to discover how so few Scots have achieved so much.

He traces how, often in alliance with native peoples, Scottish fur-traders such as Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser, and the “Scotch West-Indian” James Douglas charted coastlines and established boundaries. A second wave of Scots, among them John A. Macdonald, James McGill, and Nellie McClung, unified far-flung colonies, forged a unique system of government, and created the framework of a country.

Then came the visionaries, Scottish Canadians like Tommy Douglas, James Houston, Doris Anderson, and Marshall McLuhan, who have turned Canada into a kaleidoscopic nation that revels in diversity, and the world’s first post-modern state.

McGoogan toasts Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott; recalls the first settlers to stumble ashore at Pictou, Nova Scotia; shakes his head over rogues like George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company; and celebrates such hybrids as the Cherokee Scot John Norton and Cuthbert Grant, father of the Métis nation. In How the Scots Invented Canada, Ken McGoogan uncovers the lost history of a nation-building miracle

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