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Much like the US, the Canadian west was not just a geographical fact of the nations growth and makeup, but it was also an ideal of a wilderness frontier which had much to do with Canada as a country. Unrestricted opportunities for growth, expansion, new opportunities, a fresh start - all of these were an enduring component of something available to Canada and Canadians which was alien to the old world. This untamed wilderness did not end or become closed in as it did in the US but remains a part of our conscience and unconscious makeup with the Canadian North. These documents illuminate this proposition and the Turner thesis in particular drills down onto this as the main forming characteristic of the United States and Canada.


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