Understanding Canadian History Essay

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Understanding Canadian History


Art history contributes to our understanding of Canada's history. Urban
history, art history, and material history documented events as they unfurled.
Demographic concentration, architecture, economics, and cultural aspects are
well documented in the above disciplines of history.

Art itself is about people and their expressions of hope and meaning. Their
impressions and thoughts are transported to their respective canvases. For the
most part, these forms of history are less biassed and they tell the story as it
actually was. A tour of the National Gallery showed that art comes in many
forms: landscape paintings, portraiture, carvings, sculptures, metal work,
among others. Viewing the
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These materials show
a progress or evolution of a nation. The various possessions found in a young
Canada showed a very diverse country. Early Canada lacked the resources or the
tradesmen to produce materials for everyday use, such as furniture, precious
metals, cutlery, dolls, and other personal items. That is why many of the items
found in Canada are of European origin. It wasn't until years later that many
trades were developed to self-sustain early settlers. For example, early glass
objects were crude in form and function. With advances in technology, came
clearer glass objects that could be mass-produced. Significant advancements in
technology can be noted in most all other materials also.

One could also see development and history though architecture. Although we
walk down the streets of Ottawa going about daily business, most of us are
usually unaware of our historical surroundings. The older unassuming buildings
on Sparks Street reveal intricate carvings in stone. Where did these carvings
come from? Numerous architectural wonders in the city of Ottawa attest to the
hardships and fortitude of the early nation builders. These are, however, not
mere architectural achievements. These buildings tell a story about the people,
sickness, employment and economics of the time. In fact, the Royal Canadian Mint
was a cholera…