The Island of Canada
How Three Oceans Shaped Our NationBook - 2009
Canada has the longest coastline of any nation on earth, together with the world's largest lake and river system.
In fact, bounded on three sides by oceans, and with a lake and river system that crosses the entire country east to west, Canada can be thought of as an island nation. Now, Victor Suthren, one of Canada's most articulate historians and an expert on maritime history, has written the first history that shows how the oceans and lakes of Canada have shaped our nation.
From the earliest days of Inuit and Aboriginal hunters, the Norse, Basque, Spanish, and French adventurers and fishermen to the explorers of the Pacific coast and the Arctic, the royal fleets of Britain and France, privateers, pirates, and merchantmen, the fur trade, and the great Age of Sail, here is a sweeping history that traces the development of the Canadian psyche as it has been shaped by its waters.
The Island of Canada is an extraordinary story about a sea-going nation informed by an examination of the mentality, which has made Canadians, inhabitants of an enormous land mass, nonetheless islanders in their unique character and heritage.
There is no nation on earth with a greater physical connection to the sea than Canada. Canada is the most astonishing of aquatic nations an here is its first truly national maritime history.