Twenty-Seven Years in Canada West


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The “Canada West” of Samuel Strickland’s colonial experience extended from the bush country just east of Toronto to the Huron Tract in southwestern Ontario.

Typical of many scions of genteel but no longer wealthy British families, Samuel came to Canada in 1825 hoping to establish himself in a new, open society.  Although status and comfort were to be his in years to come, it was his earliest experiences as a gentlemen pioneer in a thoroughly uncivilized wilderness that provided the background for his narrative, Twenty-Seven Years in Canada West (1853), and brought him lasting fame.




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