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Territorial evolution of Canada

A map showing the territorial evolution of Canada. At Confederation in 1867, four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia) were established from three British colonies. This nascent country continued to accrete new provinces and territories, including Manitoba in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island in 1873, and Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905; previously established provinces also expanded their borders. The most recent province to be added was Newfoundland in 1949; it has since been renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.

Since the cession of the Northwest Territories to Canada in 1870 and 1880, sections of the territory have been converted several times into new territories (Yukon in 1898, Nunavut in 1999) and provinces (Alberta and Saskatchewan), and transferred to expand existing provinces.

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Theatrical poster for a 1901 production of Ben-Hur, a theatrical adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880). Written by William W. Young and produced by Marc Klaw and A. L. Erlanger, the Broadway show, which first premiered in 1899, made elaborate use of spectacle over its six acts. As with the novel before it, it told the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian.

Lithograph: Strobridge Lith. Co; restoration: Adam Cuerden

Great knot

The great knot (Calidris tenuirostris) is a small, strongly migratory wader which breeds in the tundra of north eastern Siberia and winters on coasts from southern Asia through Australia. The species feeds on molluscs and insects.

Photograph: JJ Harrison

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