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canada east Explained

Canada East at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Region of Canada now known as Quebec. In 1791-1841 it was known as Lower Canada and in 1841-67 as Canada East. Populated mainly by French settlers who wanted to preserve their distinctive identity and cultural traditions, it was reluctant to join the proposed confederation with Canada West. It finally agreed to confederation in 1867, providing that it would remain a territorial and governmental unit in which French Canadians would have an electoral majority.