Why is Canada not part of the United States?

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I’ve talked before about why New Zealand
didn’t become a part of Australia despite the two nations sharing a history, and I think
few nations could claim to be as close as our two ANZAC cousins. But there are two other
Nations that come to mind, who were once part of the British Empire, who share a border,
and also didn’t integrate on their independence. These are of cause the United States of America
and Canada. So to answer why Canada is not part of the United States, I’ve invited
Tristan, a Canadian, a historian, and a YouTuber from the channel Step Back History to tell
us the story… Hey folks, Why Canada isn’t part of America is actually
an interesting tale that was on the fence until as recently as the late 19th century. However, the story must begin somewhere, and
first we must set the stage. In the 1750s, only 20-some years before the American revolution,
what would become canada was split between the British Hudson’s Bay company, Newfoundland,
Labrador, Nova Scotia, and the Majority being part of New France. What did America look like? Well as we know,
they were the 13 colonies, spanning from Maine down to the east coast to the border with
New Spain in Florida. Most of the population was between Massachusetts and Virginia. There
was actually quite a bit of uncolonized lands separating these colonists from the English
speakers hiding up in what would become Canada, meaning there was less of a shared identity
between them. In 1760, after the famous Seven Years War,
or to the American’s the French Indian War, much of that French territory that would become
Canada was handed over to the British. Some of the French colonial elite left, but most
were actually content to work under British rule as long as they could speak French, and
stay Catholic. Though if you are Quebecois, you actually would see this as the beginning
of Anglo rule over the French Canadians. It’s still quite an issue here. The British made an agreement with the French
Canadians in 1774 called the Quebec act. This allowed: civil code and common law to exist
side by side; it entrenched the semi-feudal French seigneurial system; and it legalized
the Catholic tithe to Catholics in Quebec. Importantly for this story, however, is that
a lot of land previously allocated to Native Americans, was then shifted to Quebec in an
effort to streamline moving furs out of the St. Lawrence river. The American colonists,
who long desired to expand themselves into this territory, got pretty mad about it. If
you know a bit of the story of the American Revolution, the Quebec act is one of the quote
“Insufferable Acts” that in part triggered the American Revolution. What this means though, is that Quebec, the
largest colony in modern Canada at the time, was Catholic, and largely did not speak English.
After the Seven Years War, many Americans even considered them rivals, or enemies, and
not part of this growing American identity. That being said during the American War of
Independence, and before he defected to the British, Benedict Arnold did try to take Quebec.
The American’s took Montreal, and tried to siege Quebec City. Then spring came and
they gave up on the endeavour. The Americans allied with France during the war, but neither
ally wanted to see the other take Quebec, so the issue was largely dropped. The war effort to put down the revolution,
actually brought a lot of money into Canada, and the tariff protections the New Englanders
gave up to fight the war, were quite good for the Canadian economy as well. Business,
especially the fur business, was booming with the 13 colonies in rebellion. They saw that
their economic future relied on protection, and integration into the British mercantile
empire, and so felt no desire to leave it. Lastly I must mention that Canada then saw
an influx of refugees after the American Revolution. These refugees were mostly the loyalists who
did not want to stay in the United States. You can imagine they brought a lot of British
patriotism with them. Canada then soon grew into its own colony,
with its own identity. They banned slavery pretty early on, and had a lot of friction
with the US over their position as the end of the underground railroad. They quickly
established distinct, and different identities. Many Canadians today speculate that in many
ways our culture’s defined by how not-America we can be. One quick footnote. The US did try to conquer
Canada once. Amongst a series of other issues, the British Empire found itself rather distracted
by the war with Napoleon and the US smelled opportunity. They used a rhetoric of manifest
destiny, claiming that Canada was theirs by right. It didn’t help that the British were
flat out capturing American soldiers into the royal navy and secretly giving weapons to
Native American groups resisting US expansion. In 1812, the US invaded Canada, and after
a number of attempts was pushed back by Canadian militias, and blockaded by British fleets.
It resulted in a Canadian deployment pushing all the way down to Washington DC. The peace
treaty ended the idea of Canada being Americans in waiting basically for the last 200 plus
years. The being said, I do not think that two countries
are as close as Canada and the United States. We maintain the world’s largest undefended
border, are each other’s largest trading partners, and have a pretty long history of
peace and prosperity between us. Also we gave the US most of its best musicians and comedians.
You’re welcome. Thanks Tristan, Step Back History is one of
my favourite new channel, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you’ll find a link in
all the usual places. It seems that from the moment that Colobus
landed in the Caribbean in 1492 theories popped up claiming that he was the last of the show
– not the first. It seems that many a historian, folkloreist, and arachnologist have theorised,
and in at least one case confirmed these claims.

100 comments

  1. Canada may have given us our best comedians, but our best musicians have mostly come from the Seattle area, here in Washington State.

    In fact, the entire WORLD has been blessed by the decades of music coming from the Pacific Northwest music industry, from Jimi Hendrix and Heart, back in the 60's and 70's, to Queensryche, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Mad Season, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Tad, and of course Nirvana through the 80's, 90's, and beyond.

    Sorry, pal but you can't just rewrite history like that lol not when I have the power of writing a strongly-worded thesis, or "manifesto" haha in the relative anonymity of the comments section below!! 😂

  2. Great info but it would be more accurate to not reference to the U.S. as "America" for as you know America is not the U.S. but rather the continents of north and south America plus central America.

  3. I completely drifted away from reality a quarter way through the video, should I watch it again or just keep drifting away?

  4. LoL…The war of 1812 was about manifest destiny?.Canada wasn't even Canada when American troops entered into the territory.It was an ongoing dispute with the King since the Revolution and since America didn't have a Navy to sail to England.They instigated a conflict with the king by entering the territory.Why the war 1812 is often considered in America to be America's second Revolution.

  5. i have been on flea bay way too long and every time i but something from canada i get burned they are mostly thieves and liars who stay in the house for long periods of time ( inbred) and as sorry as the USA is we don't want no hoser arse-holes or their moose flooded land…..come on down an I'll kick your arse you freaks….did i mention inbred?

  6. You forgot one key element…. geography. Nova Scotia is a peninsula and was easily controlled by His Majesty's navy. No chance there for some of the recent settlers from new england to rebel alo
    ng with the traitor colonel Washington.

  7. Wowwwww!! How dumb u have to be to even have a single thought about that lunatic idea !??! Canada was never meant to be a part of the USA!! Just like Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Brasil and so on !! Why the hell Americans were told Canada is undeveloped and lives like native tribes to begin with ?!?? Yes we drive cars, have big cities, ghettos, strong military forces and economy!
    Ffs get out of your bubble brain and dare to come over here to repeat thoses dumb sentences,expecting dumb scared tribes, watch how fast you’ll be dealt with real quick boy trust me

  8. Honestly why should we worry about this?
    Canada is more, French, British and some others
    USA is more, well

    School shootings

  9. Canada and the US are not the two closest countries IMO People joke that theyre the same country but with Wales, Scotland and England people LITTERALLY think they ARE the same country and don't get corrected, or "haha oh youuu'"d or anything, people think they are one in the same

  10. So l get the vibe that you are at least a Canadian citizen. How could you not mention the U.S. capital building? We, "as in the queen is still on our currency", burned down the White house!!! A big opportunity to let just slide. Keep you're stick on the ice kid.

  11. this is quite literally the dumbest fucking question i have seen in a while. short answer, as part of a british empire, we were already fighting with France over the land of the country, and couldnt exactly have a civil war, after the neighbors to the south, already had. and needed to have the support of the british empire, while also dealing with native americans and the french.

  12. Why isn't Canada part of the USA? Simple, Americans didn't want to be part of the British empire. That's simple knowledge for y'all.

  13. Fenian raids underlined the priority for the Dominion Of Canada and Confederation, and basically bolstered the Canadian identity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenian_raids

  14. How can all these americans go around thinking their country is way better?
    We both have advantages and disadvantages! The us is riddled with crime everywhere and Canada.. well idk
    The point is americans Your country is not perfect! I'd rather live here in canada with my free healthcare and better standards of living

  15. The day Canada becomes apart of the United States will be a dark day on earth.
    The USA is the Devil's headquarters.
    Canadians would just be buffer zones for those devils in Washington DC and in New York

  16. Come on you canucks, don't be such hockey pucks, you know the real reason is that the US did not want to embarrass Great Britain over territory AGAIN. LOL 🦅

  17. Look you dumb bitches, Alaska was a part of Canada. BUT Canada decided to sold that part (Alaska) to the US, and the US paid Canada a lot of BILLIONS of dollars. That's why Alaska is not a part of Canada anymore.

  18. We should be with the U s merge with them .the army and navey alone is no bigger then the city of saskatoon . we would fall quickly we can not protect borders if china or u s s r .

  19. Love living in Canada wouldnt live anywhere else but I certainly don't think its perfect but definetly more laid back than US imo

  20. Put it this way the continent’s name is North America Canada represents the north USA represents America and Mexico represents nothing

  21. Proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free! And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me! 🇺🇸

  22. Here's another more reasonable question: what if the U.S. owned British Columbia and Yukon territory so Alaska was connected by land to the rest of the United states?

    To get the obvious out of the way: Yukon has 35,000 people in it, that's like a 20th of wyoming (the U.S.' least populated state) so I Really dont think it would be an issue

    Now on to the second larger part: british Columbia. British Columbia has 5 million people so they would have a decent say in the united state's house of representatives
    They have a decent economy but not the highest in canada so it wouldn't be that big of a deal or in this case a dealbreaker so it could be possible.

    What do you guys think? Write in the comments (no hate comments pls)

  23. Canada will be part of the United States, along with Greenland. We can't have Royal European Colonies anymore in Our part of the World. It's going to happen because inside every Canuck and Greenie is a Yank screaming and clawing to get out. And a desire to be free of oppressive monarchies. Fear not, you're Liberations will be at hand! We'll be a United North America and use the new name for us: Novus Orbis Terrarum Unionis! And we'll be known as the CaYackGies! So, sounds good and fair does it not?

  24. United States has become a regressive country. Why would anyone want to belong to a country that doesn't protect its people medically or from mass shootings.

  25. It's amazing how Youtube Comment Experts(the very same who accuse the USA of being stupid and uneducated!) say that the USA is a warmonger who jumps at any chance for war, yet also say that when the USA wisely doesn't get involved in war until later stages(ie. WW1 and WW2 despite obvious American support and supplies in American Lend Lease which the British might have very well been defeated without), "watching their European brothers die in Europe", and at the end accused of stealing all the glory. Also, in the War of 1812, while one of the goals of the US might have been to gain more territory from the British in Canada, this was only because of British impressment of American sailors. Yet USA is the warmonger. Typical.

  26. all Canadians live in igloos and ride dog sleds to work or where ever they want to go. its a frozen wasteland with nothing but igloos penguins and seals.

  27. Alberta should wexit. Join the USA.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/considering-possibility-allowing-provinces-alberta-saskatchewan-join-union

  28. Why can the Queen of England remove the PM of Australia as she did in 1975 proving she owns it – still. Same with Canada, but, maybe they prefer it that way. And now, Alberta has to support Quebec.

  29. Why is Canada not part of the United States? One word answer is"1812." We went to the White House and BURNED it down to the ground. Canadian 1882 Song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-T3coiH-ss

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