Former colonies and territories in Canada
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Former colonies, territories, boundaries, and claims in Canada prior to the current classification of provinces and territories. In North America, ethnographers commonly classify Aboriginals into ten (six in Canada) geographical regions with shared cultural traits and by related linguistic dialects. The colonization of Canada by Europeans began in the 10th century, when Norsemen explored and attempted to settle areas of the northeastern fringes of North America. Early permanent European settlements in what is now Canada included the late 16th and 17th century French colonies of Acadia and Canada (New France), the English colonies of Newfoundland (island) and Rupert's Land, the Scottish colonies of Nova Scotia and Port Royal.
France relinquished nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763 after the Seven Years' War to the British Empire. Britain's imperial government over a century later then ceded the land to Canadian control in 1867 after confederation. Since then, Canada's external borders have changed several times, and has grown from four initial provinces to ten provinces and three territories as of 1999.
Aboriginal societies 
Aboriginal peoples in what is now Canada did not form state societies, instead they were organized into bands of a few families, grouped into larger tribes and chieftainships. In the absence of state structures, academics usually classify aboriginal people by their traditional "lifeway" (or primary economic activity) and region into "culture areas", or by their language families. Some of these extended language family groups united into loose confederacies, such as the Ojibwa, who according to oral tradition formed the Council of Three Fires in 796 CE with the Odawa and the Potawatomi. The six tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, was formed in 1142 CE according to their oral traditions. There was also the four or possibly five tribes of the Huron Confederacy, both in the Great Lakes region, or the four tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy in present day Alberta and neighbouring Montana. The Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and peoples of the Northwest Plateau developed highly structured cultures from relatively dense populations. Some cultures in this region were very similar and share certain elements, such as the importance of fishing to their communities.
- Arctic cultural area – (Eskimo–Aleut languages)
- Subarctic culture area – (Na-Dene languages – Algic languages)
- Eastern Woodlands (Northeast) cultural area – (Algic languages and Iroquoian languages)
- Plains cultural area – (Siouan–Catawban languages)
- Northwest Plateau cultural area – (Salishan languages)
- Northwest Coast cultural area – (Penutian languages, Tsimshianic languages and Wakashan languages)
European colonization 
Norse settlement 
While the Norse colonies in Greenland lasted for almost 500 years, the continental North American settlements were small and did not develop into permanent colonies. Vinland – Markland – Helluland are the names given to three lands possibly in Canada, discovered by Norsemen as described in the Eiríks saga rauða and Grœnlendinga saga.
Portuguese claims 
The Portuguese Crown claimed it had territorial rights in the Atlantic waters visited by explorer John Cabot in 1497 and 1498. In 1498 to 1500, the Portuguese mariner João Fernandes Lavrador visited the north Atlantic coast, accounting for the appearance of the name "Labrador" on topographical maps of the period. In 1501 and 1502 Miguel and Gaspar Corte-Real explored present day Newfoundland claiming the land in the name of Portuguese Empire. The extent and nature of Portuguese activity on the Canadian mainland during the 16th century remains unclear and controversial.
New France 
In 1534, Jacques Cartier planted a cross in the Gaspé Peninsula and claimed the land in the name of Francis I of France. In 1600, a trading post was established at Tadoussac, but only five of the sixteen settlers survived the winter and returned home that summer. In 1604, a settlement was founded at Île-Saint-Croix on Baie Française (Bay of Fundy) which was moved to Port-Royal in 1605. It was abandoned in 1607, reestablished in 1610, and destroyed in 1613, after which settlers moved to other nearby locations.
- New France – (1534 to 1763)
British North America 
British colonization of the Americas (including colonization sponsored by both the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland before the 1707 Acts of Union which created the Kingdom of Great Britain) began in the late 16th century and reached its peak when colonies had been established throughout the Americas. The Kingdom of Great Britain acquired the French colony of Acadia in 1713 and then Canada, New France.
Great Britain also claimed the west coast of North America; indirectly via (from 1804) the North West Company and (after 1821) Hudson's Bay Company licenses west of the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia and New Caledonia fur districts, most of which were jointly claimed by the United States, which called it the Oregon Country, from 1818 until the 49th parallel as the international boundary was extended west of the Rockies by the Oregon Treaty of 1846. The Colony of Vancouver Island, founded in 1849, and the Colony of British Columbia, founded in 1858, were combined in 1866 with the name Colony of British Columbia until joining Confederation in 1871. British Columbia also was expanded with the addition what had been the Colony of the Queen Charlotte Islands and also most of the Stikine Territory, in 1863, and upon joining Confederation with the addition of the Peace River Country, formerly part of the Northwest Territories.
- British America (Colonial America) – (1607 to 1783)
- St. John's, Newfoundland (from 1583 English)
- Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland (from 1610 English)
- Renews, Newfoundland – (from 1615 English)
- Nova Scotia – (1621-2 Scottish)
- Cape Breton – (1625 Scottish)
- Saint John, New Brunswick (from 1631 English)
- Port Royal Colony – (1629 to 1632 Scottish)
- Rupert's Land – (1670 to 1870 Hudson's Bay Company)
- Nova Scotia – (from 1710)
- Prince Edward Island – (from 1763)
- Cape Breton – (1763–1820)
- Province of Quebec – (1763 to 1791)
- British North America – (1783 to 1907)
- North-Western Territory – (1783 to 1870)
- New Brunswick – (1784)
- The Canadas • (Lower Canada and Upper Canada) – (1791 to 1841)
- Columbia District – (1793 to 1846) – (also referred to as Oregon Country)
- New Caledonia – (1808 to 1858)
- Red River Colony – (1812)
- Province of Canada – (1841 to 1867)
- Colony of Vancouver Island – (1849 to 1866)
- Colony of the Queen Charlotte Islands – (1853 to 1863)
- Colony of British Columbia – (1858 to 1866, aka the Mainland Colony)
- Stickeen Territories – (1862)
- Colony of British Columbia – (1866 to 1871)
- Dominion of Newfoundland – (1907 to 1949)
New Spain 
Spanish colonizers had originally taken the lead in the Pacific Northwest coast, with the voyages of Juan José Pérez Hernández in 1774 and 1775. This was in response to intelligence that the Russians had begun to explore the Pacific Coast of North America, which the Spanish considered part of New Spain.
- Santa Cruz de Nuca and Fort San Miguel at Nootka Sound – (1789 to 1795) The first colony in British Columbia and the only Spanish settlement in what is now Canada.
Russian America 
In 1799, Tsar Paul I proclaimed Russian title and established the Russian American Company's trade monopoly and rule in the North Pacific through the creation of Russian America. The stated southward limit of Russian claims was 51 degrees north latitude, roughly that of Cape Scott at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Though no Russian settlements were established in what is now British Columbia, Russian trade and scientific expeditions frequented the North Coast. Intense tripartite negotiation led to treaties between Russia with the US and Britain in 1824 and 1825, respectively, setting the new southward limit of Russian territories at 54 degrees, 40 minutes north latitude, corresponding with Cape Muzon at the southern tip of Dall Island, at the extreme southwest of what is today the Alaska Panhandle.
Canadian territorial evolution 
Canada became an independent nation after the Constitution Act of 1867 (formerly called the British North America Act, 1867). Originally three provinces of British North America, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada (which would become Ontario and Quebec) united to form the new nation. Since then, Canada's external borders have changed several times, and has grown from four initial provinces to ten provinces and three territories as of 1999.
- District of Keewatin – (1876 to 1905)
- Districts of the Northwest Territories – (1882–1905) For much of the Northwest Territories early history it was divided into several districts for ease of administration.
Alaska boundary dispute 
The Alaska boundary dispute, simmering since the Alaska purchase of 1867, became critical when gold was discovered in the Yukon during the late 1890s and Canada wanted its own Pacific port connected to the gold fields. Canada argued its historic boundary with Russian America included the Lynn Canal and the port of Skagway, both occupied by the U.S., while the U.S. claimed the Atlin District and the lower Stikine and even Whitehorse. The dispute went to arbitration in 1903, with the American claims largely upheld as the British delegate sided with the Americans to preserve the British interest in a close relationship with the U.S.
Norwegian claim 
Otto Sverdrup a Norwegian explorer claimed the Sverdrup Islands for Norway in 1898, but the Norwegian government showed no interest in pursuing the claim until 1928. On 11 November 1930 (Remembrance Day) after formal Canadian intervention, Norway recognized Canada's sovereignty over the islands.
- Sverdrup Islands – (1898–1930)
Danish claim 
Hans Island is the smallest of three islands located in Kennedy Channel; the others are Franklin Island and Crozier Island. The island is the traditional hunting grounds of the Inuit and is claimed by both Canada and Denmark. In 2007, updates of satellite photos led Canada to recognize the international border as crossing through the middle of Hans Island, not to the east of the island as previously claimed.
- Hans Island – (1933–present)
Northwest Passage 
The Canadian government considers the Northwestern Passages part of Canadian Internal Waters, but the United States and various European countries maintain they are an international strait or transit passage, allowing free and unencumbered passage.
Areas disputed by the United States 
Proposed provinces and territories 
Since Confederation in 1867, there have been several proposals for new Canadian provinces and territories. The Constitution of Canada requires an amendment for the creation of a new province but the creation of a new territory requires only an act of Parliament; therefore, it is easier legislatively to create a territory than a province.
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- Canadian National Vimy Memorial – considered on Canadian territory since 1922
- List of Hudson's Bay Company trading posts
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Further reading 
- Derek Hayes (31 August 2006). Historical Atlas of Canada: Canada's History Illustrated with Original Maps. Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN 978-1-55365-077-5.
- R. Cole Harris; Geoffrey J. Matthews (1987). Historical Atlas of Canada: From the beginning to 1800. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-2495-4.
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