Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions

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CHAPTER XXII
Upper Canada

I have been for some time journeying through the province of Upper Canada,1 on the whole, I consider it the finest portion of all North America. In America every degree of longitude which you proceed west is equal to a degree of latitude to the southward in increasing the mildness of the temperature. Upper Canada, which is not so far west as to sever you from the civilized world, has every possible advantage of navigation, and is at the same time, from being nearly surrounded by water, much milder than the American states to the southward of it. Everything grows well and flourishes in Upper Canada, even tobacco, which requires a very warm atmosphere. The land of this province is excellent, but it is a hard land to clear, the timber being very close and of a very large size. A certain proof of the value of the land of Upper Canada, is that there are already so many Americans who have settled there. Most of them had originally migrated to establish themselves in the

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Upper Canada or Canada West was the name given to the British colony located west of the Ottawa River; Canada was divided into two separate colonies by the Constitutional Act of 1791. What is now the modern province of Quebec was called Lower Canada or Canada East. Upper Canada was settled by English immigrants, United Empire Loyalists, and later by some Americans.

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