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The Canadian Pacific Railway
Transcript of The Canadian Pacific Railway
- The Construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (Who was involved, When it took place, and What was its purpose).
- The Hardships faced by the 'Navvies' The Canadian Pacific Railway How it all Began The Canadian Pacific Railway Challenges for the Chinease At the time many Canadians discriminated the Chinese. They looked different, spoke a different language and had different customs. Some were also afraid of the Chinese. Some white people thought that the Chinese would take away their jobs. Others made up false stories. They thought of the Chinese as dirty disease carriers because of their crowded living conditions. Also the Chinese workers were paid less than the whites because they thought that the Chinese didn’t need much to live. They thought that the Chinese were happy with less and didn’t need much. Many Chinese were called names and were abused. As well as that Chinese weren’t allowed to be buried in the same cemeteries as non-Chinese. Challenges for the Chinease After the construction of the railway was completed the Canadians made it quite difficult for the Chinese workers to bring other family member into Canada. While the Europeans were given free land in Canada the Chinese had to pay a head tax for every person. Every Chinese in Canada had to pay $50.00 to the government. This made it harder for other Chinese to come to Canada and bring their families. Many of the men lived away from their families for years; some never even saw them again. In 1990 the number of Chinese people increased therefore the government increased the head tax to $100.00 per person. In 1903 the head tax was increased again to $500.00. Chinese were the only race of people that had to pay a head tax. Conclusion While constructing the railway the Chinese workers discovered jade in the rocks. Jade is very valuable in Chinese beliefs as it’s believed to brings health, wealth and happiness. They increased their wages by shipping the Jade to China. After the Canadian Pacific Railway was complete it ensured the survival of Canada. It made it possible to ship people and products from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. Also it acted as a symbol towards the U.S that all of the land north of the Canadian Pacific Railway was of Canadian territory. The Canadian Pacific Railway was one of the largest achievements at the time. Video Bibliography Books:
-Pearson Canadian History
-How Canada Became Canada: From the Atlantic to The Pacific: Canadian Expansion 1867-1909. Written by: Dr. David Bercuson.
-The Story of Canada; The Making of a Nation. Written by: Janet Lunn and Christopher Moore. Sir John A.
-Macdonald. Written by: Rebecca Szulhan