The Pros And Cons Of Corn Laws

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Control and wealth is a desire for power seeking individuals. An increase in land and raw resources benefits one on their expedition to success. A union of British North America and it’s colonies into a single nation would lead to an increase in land and power. Political deadlock, the threat of masses of invading Americans, and abolition of Corn Laws, all set British North America at a disadvantage. Combining under one political structure would solve many of the problems and instabilities that they were faced. Corn Laws gave Canadian farmers a market in Britain, which was not available to their American counterparts. Exports were just as valuable to Britain as to Canada. However, when the Corn Laws were repealed by Britain in 1846, the Canadian farmers were now placed in competition with the Americans and other countries for the British markets. This increased stress for the farmers as their main source of income and survival drastically decreased. Canada became an export…show more content…
Union resulted in expansion to central Canada, causing a decline in the industrial development and immigration to the Atlantic coast and Maritime Provinces. It also brought upon threats of American invasions. Both the United States and Britain held contending claims to various regions in the western interior of the continent. The lowly populated Rupert’s Land in western Canada was very vulnerable to becoming overtaken by American forces. Americans operated on the belief of Manifest Destiny, in which they believed it was their nation’s destiny to control the whole North American continent. However, the Reciprocity Treaty in 1854 of Canada and the Americans evolved. This treaty symbolized a new path to success and economic development for both countries. Because of how close the Americans were to Canada, as well as their rapidly expanding market, a growing reliance developed on the U.S.

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