The More Things Change 🦫

What did European settlement mean for all the people involved? This is the question we answered throughout this project; we knew all about Canada’s complete history and the three groups involved, the French, the British, and the First Nations. Each of these groups was affected differently; in this blog post, I’ll talk about how each group was involved in colonization and how we figured this out.

After a week of research, my partner and I found an answer to the driving question by making this infographic

European settlement resulted in lifestyle changes. The value of resources changed over time, but the way we value wealth has remained the same ever since. Our thesis statement took an economic take on the driving question as we mentioned lifestyles, values and wealth. The three groups’ life changed forever as the value of wealth evolved. We had to create a fact on how each group was affected. All of our points related to how the economy and wealth changed

The French
New France was filled with hard-working people. Since these people had experience working with their hands, New France became a hotspot of industry. The area is still important today as the people of Quebec are wealthy and have lavish lifestyles, and cities like Montreal and Quebec City are significant to the Canadian economy.

The British
The Hudson’s Bay Company, which once controlled most of Canada’s modern territory, had thousands of exchanges with First Nations groups for beaver pelts, generating over $1 billion towards the Canadian economy (adjusted for inflation).

The First Nations
To gain wealth and resources, the British and the French became allies with the First Nations and created treaties. The British were allies with the Iroquois Confederacy, and the French joined forces with the Algonquin. With these alliances, trade became mutually beneficial.

Now that you’ve seen the final project, I’ll show you how my partner Sepaus and I got to this point. During this whole project, we did five total milestones and a lot of research. We started this project by visualizing deep cove 100 years ago and comparing and contrasting that to today. I feel like this assignment alone assisted me in completing the entire project because this assignment was the first time we were introduced to one of the critical aspects of the project, continuity and change.

Another milestone that helped me was Milestone 3; in this milestone, my partner and I had created the thesis statement I had shown at the start of this blog. And the facts for the French, the British and the First Nations. The thesis statement had to be perfect because it had to be perfected to relate to the points. Sepaus and I decided to theme the thesis around the economics of the fur trade and how it affected people since we both have interests in economics and learnt how the fur trade worked earlier in the project.

Finally, it was nearing the end of the project, and we started designing the infographic; since we had to abide by a theme, we had to match the theme by making graphics that relate to each fact and match the theme. This task was quite challenging as we wanted to find the perfect pictures. Once we finished designing the infographic, it was time to create a magic move animation that goes over the infographic in detail. You could find the video by scanning the QR code in the bottom corner of the infographic.

you can watch our video here

We worked on two competencies for this project, and here’s how I think I did on them.

Identifying Continuity and Change: How are lives and conditions alike over time, and how have they changed? I feel like I demonstrated this competency well in milestone 1, 2 and 3, as in this assignment, we represented continuity and change in things like New France, deep cove and the fur trade

Use Evidence from Various Sources: How do we evaluate evidence to time, and how have they changed? Decide if it is adequate to support a historical conclusion? I represented this very well in different using evidence activities and used a lot of evidence when writing my facts and thesis.

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