Message from discussion The People's History of Cape Breton
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On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:02:51 -0400, "Charles Manoras"
>Interesting and depressing, most of us Americans believe that Canadian
>history (about which we know next to nothing) was essentially mellow,
>sweet and peaceful.
>As usual learning a little more about the subject disproves this illusion.
Then you would also be interested in knowing the last hanging drawing
and quartering in the British empire was in the town square of my
wife's hometown Burlington, Ontario in the direct aftermath of the war
of 1812. Depending on your source neighboring Ancaster, Ontario
'claims' the last hanging drawing and quartering though the sentence
was given in 1814 but commuted.
I have read that the sentence was given in England in the aftermath of
the Chartists but also commuted.
Or do you want to know about the construction of the Canadian Pacific
Railway where Chinese labourers were given the job of transporting
jugs of liquid nitro-glycerin with all too often the obvious result.
It is claimed that the British Columbia portion of the CPR buried one
Chinese for ever mile of the railway. (this would be something like
Gruesome enough for you to change your opinion of Canadian history?